Collaboration – Free Resources & Tools

Our articles related to collaboration at work fall into four general areas: alliances, cross-cultural intelligence, collaboration through networks, and team collaboration. Check out our highly acclaimed collaboration workshops and our collaboration consulting as well.

Alliances

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    Building Successful Alliances Across Divisions – Technology executives live in a world of change where the only constants seem to be the need to boost performance, increase productivity and collaborate with others. Here are some tips on how to build effective alliances across divisions. Published on CIO.com.
  • Creating Productive Partnerships – True partnerships transform good relationships into extraordinary ones. Not only that, they make routine work interesting, complicated projects energizing, and difficult workplaces rewarding. Partners boost the quality of deliverables, access a broader range of resources, and develop innovative ideas. More than ever, people are turning to partnerships in organizations. This how-to article explains how you can make your partnership work. Published on Corp Ed Group.com.

Cross-Cultural Intelligence

  • Building Cross-Cultural Intelligence – The problem many Americans face when we work cross-culturally is that we assume that we won’t have to think about culture. The work will naturally fall into line, we think. Then, we reconsider when things don’t go as expected. This article explains how to boost your cultural competency. Published on Corp Ed Group.com.

Collaboration at Work Through Networks

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    How Work Really Gets Done: Capitalizing on Hidden Networks – Why do well-planned change initiatives fail? Why do brilliant strategies fail to be executed? Why do companies discover critical knowledge resources only after they’ve left the company? Because every organization has a hidden system: a web of relationships and informal networks that make or break strategies and plans. This excerpt from a keynote presentation at the 2008 Gartner EXP HR Summit, discusses how knowledge of hidden networks can help HR organizations accelerate change, execute strategy, and retain intellectual capital. Presented at the 2008 Gartner EXP HR Summit.
  • How Work Really Gets Done: Leveraging Social Networks to Accelerate Change – Have you ever wondered how the grapevine affects improvement efforts? How a leader’s social connections support his or her success leading a change effort? Whether you can make your next talent management initiative more successful by tapping into social networks? Every organization has hidden networks of relationships that employees use in order to get work done, make decisions, and solve problems. These networks have been largely ignored by leaders, but hold the keys to improving performance and accelerating change. This presentation, given at the Midwest Talent Management Forum, shows how we can use hidden networks to improve organizational learning and talent management. Presented at the 2009 Midwest Talent Management Forum.
  • The Missing Link: Leveraging Informal Networks to Improve Project Success Rates – The statistics about project success are daunting: too many fail to finish on time, within budget, and according to scope. Only 5% of change initiatives are completed on time and with minimal disruption to the organization, according to Gartner. Clearly, traditional tools are not enough.Every organization has hidden networks of relationships that employees use in order to get work done, make decisions, and solve problems. These networks have been largely ignored, but hold the keys to improving performance and accelerating change. In this presentation, PMI Mass Bay Chapter members learned how PMs can use hidden networks to improve project performance. Presented to the PMI Mass Bay Chapter.
  • Network Power!: Tapping Hidden Social Networks to Accelerate Improvement – Every organization has hidden networks of relationships that employees use in order to get work done, make decisions, and solve problems. These networks have been largely ignored by leaders, but hold the keys to improving performance and accelerating change. In this presentation, given at an American Society for Quality Worcester Chapter meeting, members learned how leaders can improve process and quality improvement efforts by leveraging hidden networks. Presented to the American Society for Quality – Worcester Chapter in 2009.

Team Collaboration

  • Group Exchange Analysis – A quick tool that helps teams prepare for successful cross-boundary collaboration at work. Free Resource.