I was chatting about collaboration the other day with my friend Mara, who said: “Collaboration is always better than competition.” Music to my ears! Collaboration is a big focus of mine — whether that’s collaborating with my clients, or building a team that believes in working together to generate better results. I love discovering new tools that facilitate teamwork and reading about how other companies approach collaboration.
And, with that in mind, here are eight resources focused on improving collaboration.
- 6 Ingredients for Successful Collaboration — From Amber Naslund: “Collaboration is a bit science, and a bit art. And the right ingredients can help make a collective project really sing, and provide a great experience as well as great results. Here’s my take from my experience with successful collaborations.”
- 20 Web-Based Business Collaboration Tools — From Knowtebook: The headline really says it all.
- Build a Better Workspace with Glasscubes — From WebWorkerDaily: “The typical company doesn’t work on just one project at a time: You’ve probably got at least a couple of different clients that you need to work with, as well as internal projects like marketing or developing new products. Glasscubes has solved the division problem by producing a collaboration tool that’s built around workspaces.”
- In Defense of Workshops — From BusinessWeek: “These idea-generating hot-tub sessions are much maligned, but they can deliver the goods by making the innovation process engaging and collaborative.”
- How Social Media Has Prepared Us for Collaborative Business — From Mashable: “Why shouldn’t we expect real-time collaboration at work? Business happens in real-time. Market shifts happen in real-time. Data changes in real-time. Why shouldn’t collaboration and learning in business happen in real-time, too?”
- In Today’s Process-Driven Workplace, Collaboration is King — From Knowledge@W. P. Carey (Arizona State University) — “… A guide for managers and employees who want to foster a more collaborative culture within the framework of their companies.” This post is a book promotion, but the post itself offers valuable insights.
- Playing Well with Others: How Entrepreneurs Benefit from Collaboration — From ReadWriteStart: “As you move your great idea into a viable business, you want to reach out and work with people who can provide skills, knowledge and feedback along the way. And you want to work with these people effectively.”
Is your work environment collaborative? What can be done to infuse more collaboration?
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Disclosure: Glasscubes is a Geben Communication client, but they did not ask me to or compensate me for including them in this post. I just like their product.