Recently I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on collaboration in something I put together for Changethis.com. It’s a bit of a manifesto which I think fits nicely as a precursor to The Collaborative Organization. In this document I try to focus a bit more on the broader need and implications for collaboration inside the enterprise. A good portion of the content in this document is actually not in the book, yet it is still quite relevant. I talk about the many moving parts that are required for collaboration to successfuly take place and explore the broader impacts of collaboration outside of the workplace, something which I find to be very interesting.
Here’s the premise and concept behind the manifesto:
“The use of these new social and collaborative technologies and strategies are being deployed and implemented to solve many of these problems within the enterprise today. But, collaboration doesn’t just benefit employees while they are at work, it also benefits them in their personal lives as well. Imagine being able to connect and engage employees so that their lives at work are easier. What do you think would happen to employees if we improved their work life? I believe that collaboration at work will improve the lives of employees outside of work. Employees will feel less stressed about the work they do, will be more passionate about their work, will understand how their contributions impact the organization as a whole, will be able to connect with their coworkers around topics of interest and passion, and will be able to work from multiple physical locations. Yes, all these things mean that employees will have more time to spend with their family and less time stressing about and worrying about what’s going on at work.
While this message is great and powerful, I realize that it was not enough for leaders and executives. No, leaders and executives need more than that. The only way to make an idea an action is to put business value, strategy, and tactics behind it.”
If this sounds like something you believe in or can relate to then check out the full document, it’s a free download.