Collaboration  

Why Collaboration is not Natural - Why it is an Organisational Issue - What to do to Improve

If we all think the same, it means that no-one thinks

Georges Patton

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KEY MESSAGES

The need for Collaboration seems to be understood by all .. but real Collaboration is rarely observed... Strange!

 

Collaboration is often understood as “more meetings”

 

Job descriptions & reward systems represent  ‘Collaboration blockers’

 

Bureaucracies (Prominence of Rules & Procedures) are ‘organised lack of trust’ leading to little Collaboration

 

Collaboration cannot be the result of a process

 

It has a dimension of ‘dealing with your own fears’

 

Collaboration does NOT imply consensus

 

Confrontation brings value

 

It is acceptable to disagree

Bernstein Speaks on Rehearsing With Glenn Gould (3.46’)

If you have a job description, soon or later you’ll be replaced by a robot

Christophe Gillet

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KEY MESSAGES

Collaboration is NOT natural in organisations.  

Because it is far easier NOT to collaborate in the organisations we created

 

And because Collaboration creates a form of ‘Dependancy’... something that we all try to avoid

 

Collaboration is a MUST but imposes to move from ‘Sequential & Segmented’ jobs (Taylorism) to collaborative - initiative based -  organisations

 

Collaboration has to be created, it cannot be obtained by convincing people

 

It is about changing behaviors and behaviors are the product of the context.

 

The key question is “Which context to create in order to make people interested in collaboration?”

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I don’t like that man.  I need to know him better

Abraham Lincoln

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CONCLUSION

KEY MESSAGES

If you believe that Collaboration doesn’t happen because people around are stupid of unwilling to behave properly, you’re doomed

Taylorism (Silos of expertise) implies, almost automatically, a lack of Collaboration

 

Collaboration is YOUR mission number 1.  You have to create it, pro-actively.  It’s NOT about people, it’s about the Organisation (ie: the Context)

 

Strict ‘Job Descriptions’ kill Collaboration.  Job descriptions should be made more ‘fuzzy’.  Think about the context and act! What to put in place so that people get ‘an interest’ in Collaborating?

 

Consensus is NOT an objective & Confrontation creates agility

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