We love @dcoleman100‘s collaborate.com article: what’s stopping you from collaborating?
Almost all businesses – and individuals – think they are good at collaborating. It can be difficult to measure an ROI on collaboration, let alone how effective it is on a personal level. One way is to look at barriers to collaboration.
According to a recent study, 65% of those surveyed really wanted to collaborate, but in that same group only 35% found they were able to collaborate effectively. That left 30% of the people unable to fulfil their collaboration needs.
What are the most common barriers to collaboration in business?
The most common responses to this question: corporate culture, poor leadership, unclear goals for collaboration.
According to David Coleman,
These results were not that different from the original study I did 20 years ago, which means, people are still people, but the technology has changed. I also believe many more people today know about electronic collaboration then when I asked about it 20 years ago. The same problems are apparent, and mostly they are not technology problems, but more focused on people and process.
What kind of workers do you have, and what are the barriers to collaboration in your business?
The diagram below shows the way your employees might engage with collaboration technologies – whether they are unconsciously incompetent, unconsciously competent, consciously incompetent or consciously competent. Collaborators come in all different shapes, and so do change resisters, so it’s important to know where your team are and how you can move them forward.
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