organizing for the network era

Harold Jarche

In my last post I noted that many organizations today are nothing more than attractive prisons. These organizations are artifacts of a time when information was scarce and hard to share, and when connections with others were difficult to make and required command and control.

The ABC’s of Collaboration

Dan Pontefract

If we were to elaborate on the definition, we might suggest there are ‘The ABC’s of Collaboration’ : Accessible – Be approachable & available to your team & those who expect your insight & opinions. Challenge – Groupthink does not equal collaboration.

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Collaboration Workflow 101

Dan Pontefract

collaboration Culture enterprise 2.0 micro-blogging organization social media social networking teams technology blogging collaboration curve collaboration cycle online

Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Jay Cross

Where organic, bottom-up meets corporate top-down. An article entitled Why Organizations Don’t Learn by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats in the November 2015 issue of Harvard Business Review caught my eye.

The post-hierarchical organization

Harold Jarche

The way we manage our organizations is largely ineffective for the complex challenges we face, whether driven by the environment, demographics, economics, or politics. With an external environment that is highly connected, organizations have to get connected inside.

The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I wrote about my recent participation in the 2013 Roundtable on Institutional Innovation , an Aspen Institute event that took a close look at the impact of digital technologies on the evolution of companies and other organizations.

Beyond collaboration

Harold Jarche

Complex environments and problems are best addressed when we organize as networks, work to continuously develop emergent practices; and cooperate to advance our aspirations. The answers lie outside, not inside, the organization.

An Infographic Depicting Learning & Collaboration in Action

Dan Pontefract

That role sees me employed by TELUS; an organization that was recently inducted into Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame. collaboration Culture engagement learning infographic

The Coherent Organization

Jay Cross

This post continues an ongoing conversation about The Coherent Organization. The article describes The Coherent Organization , the Internet Time Alliance ‘s shorthand for a company where individuals are aligned with the organizational mission and information flows from outside in and back again in ways that accelerate work. Harold made a key addition: Work teams collaborate; learning networks cooperate; communities of practice do both. Coherent Organization

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The concept of T-shaped skills was first introduced over 20 years ago, but its importance, - to both individuals and organizations, - has continued to rise. The horizontal stroke of the T is the disposition for collaboration across disciplines.”.

Managing Collaboration

Harold Jarche

Tweet My colleague Jane Hart asks who should be your Chief Collaboration Officer (CCO)? It’s a good question, given the growing importance of working collaboratively in the 21st century workplace. Collaboration is a key part of creative work.

The Organization as a Cycling Peloton

Dan Pontefract

This got me thinking about one of my favourite personal passions (cycling) and our corporate organizations. Maybe if we were to act like a peloton in our organizations, we might see higher levels of employee engagement. collaboration engagement leadership organization cycling peloton

Making collaborative work work

Harold Jarche

Tweet Everyone talks about collaboration in the workplace today but what does it really mean? In an organization, narration can take many forms. Blogs and Wikis are inherently more transparent than email, where 90% of collaboration occurs.

Collaborators, Cooperators and People I Learn From

Luis Suarez

Finally, after a good few days of tinkering Collaborators , Cooperators and People I Learn From were born. . Collaborators , Cooperators and People I Learn From. Working together, for me, can be seen in terms of two different types of interactions: collaboration and / or cooperation.

5 Ways to Become Less Collaborative at Work

Dan Pontefract

I spend so much time yammering – the word, not the product – about collaboration and how to become more collaborative as a leader (and team member) that over the years I’ve neglected those of you that are looking to become less collaborative.

The Collaboration Cycle

Dan Pontefract

In a previous instalment entitled “ The Collaboration Curve ”, I discussed the basic premise that over a period of time and as the use of collaboration methods increase, a user’s knowledge, engagement, network and ultimately their performance would increase.

Do You Exhibit Collaborative Attributes? Does Your Organization?

Dan Pontefract

About two years ago, Tammy Erickson asked the question, “ Do You Have The Collaborative Capacity You Need ?” In it, she describes ten enabling factors that help to build the collaborative capacity of an organization. Visit the Collaboration Cycle to get more thoughts on how some of these attributes relate to not only the cycle, but to what I call the Collaboration Curve. collaboration leadership organization Culture learning 2.0

The Collaboration Curve

Dan Pontefract

and rephrase as Collaboration , I thought it would be a good time to introduce “ The Collaboration Curve ”. . Over a period of time, and as collaboration methods between citizens increase (employee to employee, employee to customer, student to faculty, etc.),

Collaboration, Communication, and Cooperation

Clark Quinn

In thinking about the Coherent Organization , the original proposal from my colleague Harold Jarche was that were two key attitudes: collaboration and cooperation. And I find myself talking about collaboration and communication.

In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration

Harold Jarche

In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration. Collaboration happens around some kind of plan or structure, while cooperation presumes the freedom of individuals to join and participate. Stephen Downes commented here on the differences: collaboration means ‘working together’.

Creating More Intelligent Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

collaborating via the Internet, in order to understand how to best. organize these collaborations and enhance them with innovative IT-based. If so, is it possible to create more intelligent organizations?

Moving forward with Social Collaboration

Harold Jarche

In the emerging network era we are finding that successful organizations foster openness, so that value can be created by every node in their network. Everyone can and should work in an organization like this.

Enterprises confront the reality of 'multilayered' collaboration

Dion Hinchcliffe

The arrival of wave after wave of new communications and collaboration tools has overwhelmed many IT organizations. Far from blocking them, smart organizations are finding ways to bring order to the chaos. Collaboration

Enterprises confront the reality of 'multilayered' collaboration

Dion Hinchcliffe

The arrival of wave after wave of new communications and collaboration tools has overwhelmed many IT organizations. Far from blocking them, smart organizations are finding ways to bring order to the chaos

Collaboration is a means not an end

Harold Jarche

Collaboration Isn’t Working: What We Have Here is a Chasm writes Deb Lavoy in CMS Wire. What about organizations? Where is the deeper insight on the relationship between teams and organizations? Transparency, Collaboration, Sharing, and Narration are all relatively easy.

The Role of the Collaboration Advisor

Jane Hart

Today I want to look at the role of the Collaboration Advisor. For many organizations as well as the workers within them, this is going to be a fundamental new approach to working (and learning), so they are likely to need a lot of support as they adopt these new collaboration practices.

Peering deeply into collaboration

Harold Jarche

Dion Hinchcliffe recently took a look at the evolution of workplace collaboration technologies and the move toward data-driven control by organizational leadership. Essentially, it’s applying IBM’s Watson-style machine learning to the full collaborative output of your organization.

The Coherent Organization

Jay Cross

We’re each teasing out the meaning of what we call the Coherent Organization with models. The Coherent Organization. Harold got the ball rolling in a post entitled Cooperation Trumps Collaboration , in which he wrote “Collaboration happens around some kind of plan or structure, while cooperation presumes the freedom of individuals to join and participate. At the Internet Time Alliance, we’re big fans of narrating our work.

The new shape of organizations?

Clark Quinn

As I read more about how to create organizations that are resilient and adaptable, there’s an interesting emergent characteristic. While I haven’t had a chance to think about it at scale, like how it would manifest in a large organization, it certainly bears some strengths. More recently, on Harold Jarche ‘s recommendation, I read Niels Pflaeging’s Organize for Complexity , a book also on how to create organizations that are high performance.

Who should be your Chief Collaboration Officer?

Jane Hart

There have been a couple of posts recently on the topic of whether organisations need to have a new role of a Chief Collaboration Officer (CCO). Back in October 2010 Morten Hansen asked the question Who should be your Chief Collaboration Officer on the HBR Blog network.

5 Use Cases for a Corporate YouTube in Organizations

Dan Pontefract

Previously I’ve discussed the benefits and uses of micro-blogging , badging and virtual worlds inside an organization. Of course collaboration platforms like Jive or Confluence come with it as well.

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The New CEO Acronym: Collaborative, Engaging & Open

Dan Pontefract

Organizations are changing. Others may be fine economically and growth-wise, but their transformation is caused by internal employees self-organizing for the purpose of becoming more collaborative, more engaged and certainly more open.

Teasing apart cooperation and collaboration

Clark Quinn

There have been a couple of recent proposals about the relative role of cooperation and collaboration, and I’m trying to make sense of them. He has coordination as a subsidiary to cooperation and on to collaboration. And collaboration is when we’re working together with a goal but not clear how we’ll get there. He sees collaboration as working together to achieve a goal that’s for the organization, whereas cooperation goes beyond.

Case Study: Tim Hockey, a Collaborative & Transparent CEO

Dan Pontefract

Tim believes there is a direct relationship between customer service excellence, culture and collaboration. Tim believes that ‘culture is everything’ when it comes to an organization. Nobody wants to work in an organization where all they hear is do this, do that.

Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership

Luis Suarez

Well, here is one potential answer to them all: Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership. Collaboration Communities Enterprise2.0

Organizations, work, and learning

Harold Jarche

They cover the main themes of organizations, work, and learning, that I have been discussing on this blog since 2004. The post-hierarchical organization. This article describes the limitations of hierarchies and asks: What does a post-hierarchical organization look like?

The 90-9-1 Collaboration Paradox: Org’s Should Aim To Reverse It

Dan Pontefract

The Power Collaboration Users). collaboration technologies by users: . How can we help you shift to become more collaborative? They are the individuals who, at a 0% collaboration level, are simply ‘aware’ of the 2.0 Aware, Observer, Participative or Collaborative?

From Social Learning to Workforce Collaboration

Jane Hart

Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that I’ve changed this blog’s title from “Learning in the Social Workplace” to “Workforce Collaboration” Why? So, since people learn from one another as a consequence of working together, rather than focusing exclusively on the learning, I think it is about helping them work collaboratively and enabling learning to take place as part of that process. Collaboration Social learning

What is Real Learning?

Jay Cross

Coherent Organization Collaboration Real LearningHow to learn socially, experientially, and informally. Learn how to learn. Real Learning in Pictures (illustrations from the book).

The State of Culture, Collaboration & Enterprise 2.0 (Part 1 of 2)

Dan Pontefract

D o you have “ if you build it, they will come ” syndrome in your organization? That is, you’ve been rolling out a litany of Enterprise 2.0 / Collaboration tools at your organization but no one is actually collaborating, contributing or connecting.