The article extracts content from The Collaboration Imperative, written by two Cisco employees Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese. The authors argue that collaboration has been necessary as long as humans have existed; however, digital technology has changed everything by removing friction and empowering small groups.
The Role of corporate silos
A culture of collaboration is key.
Creating a culture where collaboration can become a competitive advantage is a significant challenge, requiring intentional leadership.
Four leadership traits of highly collaborative leaders.
- Focus on authentic leadership and eschew passive aggressiveness
- Relentlessly pursue transparent decision making
- View resources as instruments of action, not as possessions
- Codify the relationship between decision rights, accountability and rewards
Five diagnostic questions to ask about leadership and collaboration.
Q1 What makes collaboration so hard?
Q2 How does digital technology create a need for collaboration?
Q2A What digital technologies help to create a collaboration toolkit?
Q3 How can collaboration be a competitive advantage?
Q4 Why is leadership necessary to foster collaboration?
Q5 How would you instill a collaborative culture in your organization?