From Linda Naiman: Collaboration has become a hot topic lately, and a recent IBM global study of CEOs revealed that collaboration is key to innovation success, especially when collaboration occurs beyond company walls. Projects are often too complex for individuals or even teams in one company to tackle. Collaboration can be a challenge depending on the culture of an organization.
As Meg Wheatley said to Naiman, “In North American culture, we have so conditioned people to be competitive and to look out for themselves that teamwork has become a problem. Yet working together is a more natural state for humans than working in isolation, and teamwork is a natural tendency. The arts, and sports as well, provide people with the experience of what it’s like to work together.”
We’ve also been taught that knowledge is power, and therefore if we share knowledge, our power or currency is diminished. So how can groups collaborate more effectively?