Multiracial Hands Making a CircleCol­lab­o­ra­tion is one of the key words for 21st cen­tu­ry orga­ni­za­tion­al effec­tive­ness. Chances are high that your orga­ni­za­tion has intro­duced flat hier­ar­chies and com­plex matrix struc­tures. Do peo­ple in your orga­ni­za­tion need to col­lab­o­rate with­in their home team but increas­ing­ly also with a wide range of oth­er stake­hold­ers? Then, the chal­lenge for your lead­ers is to empow­er, encour­age and moti­vate peo­ple for col­lab­o­ra­tion, whilst hav­ing less func­tion­al author­i­ty.

The Latin word col­lab­o­rare sim­ply means work­ing togeth­er. In an orga­ni­za­tion­al con­text it means devel­op­ing mutu­al under­stand­ing (team learn­ing) and joint­ly over­com­ing obsta­cles to high­er per­for­mance and change (co-cre­at­ing).

Peo­ple col­lab­o­rate if

  • they receive a per­son­al ben­e­fit from the col­lab­o­ra­tion,
  • they trust the oth­er col­lab­o­ra­tors,
  • they know the rules of the game, and
  • they have suit­able tools for col­lab­o­ra­tion.

This is par­tic­u­lar­ly true for dis­trib­uted teams that work in vir­tu­al envi­ron­ments.

In our work with your teams we start with a col­lab­o­ra­tion analy­sis to get a deep­er under­stand­ing of the needs and the block­ers. Togeth­er with your peo­ple, we then co-design and co-imple­ment a tai­lor made col­lab­o­ra­tion envi­ron­ment. Such an envi­ron­ment takes into account the human needs of the col­lab­o­ra­tors, con­sists of clear­ly defined and com­mu­ni­cat­ed work­ing process­es, and makes use of tools that sup­port effec­tive team work.

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