Why do you need a collaborative ecosystem for your organization?
There are four types of active conferencing technologies that enable greater collaboration: audio, web, video and interactive whiteboard. Your company is using some of them today, but the two key questions you need to answer are:
- Are we using the technologies effectively?
- Are we using the right mix to accelerate collaboration in our organization?
Most organizations do not have a formal collaborative ecosystem, but an informal collaborative ecosystem always exists in some form. As an organization strives to accelerate collaboration and work better together, both internally and externally, the need to take steps to formalize their collaborative ecosystems becomes more apparent and critical in nature.
What’s your company doing to foster innovation?
Companies want to be more innovative. The importance of collaboration in making innovation possible is not well understood. In an innovative workplace collaboration is what work is all about. New ways of working will turn collaboration into innovation.
Hutch Carpenter writes about three types of innovative collaboration:
- Peas in a pod
- New partners in crime
What all three have in common is that they rely on people working together actively, in real time.
Beyond Communications to Collaboration
Communicating effectively is critical to get people on the same page. Collaborating effectively helps people move their company quickly and confidently into the future by accelerating innovation.
Innovation is no longer about the brilliant, breakthrough idea of an individual. It is about people coming together, bringing their knowledge and perspective, and leveraging the ideas and collaboration of the group to 1+ 1 + 1 + 1 = 4c
What can you do to increase the velocity of collaboration in your organization?