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Collaboration

Collaboration isn’t always easy. Admittedly, that’s not groundbreaking news.

Free Online Seminar: Wednesday, May 16th at 10 a.m., Pacific

When we were kids, my little brother and I collaborated only when absolutely necessary and only when there was mutual benefit in the end result. Eating broccoli, for instance. We grew up in a “we serve it, you eat it” house. Little brother, being a renegade in many ways from the start, preferred the broccoli stems to the flowers. I preferred the flowers. A simple collaboration and we both accomplished the task necessary to be excused from the table. When it came to eating liver, however, there was no such deal to strike. And, as little brother discovered, climbing a tree to avoid eating liver was not a solution. And cold liver? Worse.

Come to think of it, that’s not too different from business organizations. If you work in an environment with a history of prizing individual achievement over group achievement, it may be hard to find the motivation to share information, resources, effort for the greater good. Two teams may very well have complementary skill sets, but unless there’s incentive to work together, they may be more competitive than collaborative.

So, what are the answers?

Collaboration technology is definitely part of the equation. Organizational culture is another. How do you bring those things together? How do you adapt your organization?

“For many organizations it’s hard to focus on people in the context of how technology affects and enables them so oftentimes they deploy something and assume that employees will just figure it out,” says Chess Media Group’s Jacob Morgan in a recent blog post about investing in collaboration.

Morgan and Ben Haines, CIO of Pabst Brewing Company, will be discussing exactly these challenges in an upcoming free online seminar. Coming from a company founded in 1848, I’d guess Haines has some excellent insight into the challenges of organizational culture change. Tune in. I plan to.

Free Online Seminar: Wednesday, May 16th at 10 a.m., Pacific
Join Jacob Morgan, Principal and co-Founder of Chess Media Group, and
Ben Haines, CIO of Pabst Brewing Company as they talk about common
collaboration problems, challenges and successes, and practical
steps organizations can take to overcome collaboration challenges.
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