Does your company understand the benefits of collaboration?
Collaboration increases the value of individual talents, improves quality and productivity, cuts costs and grows employees...
By collaborating, your employees pool their talents to solve problems Have you had the experience of the innovative team member who suggests impossible ideas and the practical team member who comes up with implementable, but mundane, solutions? Put them together and you can get breathtaking - but achievable - results. And collaborators can catch each other's mistakes before they make it out the door. Collaborators share information, increasing each one's skills and automatically creating 'backups' and alternative sources.
Are you satisfied with the level of collaboration in your company?
Or do you recognize these scenarios:
Implementation of corporate strategy is ragged because senior executives don't fully cooperate or communicate with each other
Marketing, Sales and Engineering are engaged in an unproductive tug-of-war over product specs, cost and delivery schedules
The company 'forgets' what it knows - solutions for one client are rarely applied to others, the wheel gets reinvented over and over, and finding corporate expertise is next to impossible
There are plenty of knowledge repositories - in fact too many. Anybody and everybody creates their own databases, they are never in sync, and nobody can find what they need
Knowledge is power and information is granted on a need-to-know basis to the chosen few
Collaboration isn't just among employees...
Even if your employees are collaborating and sharing information, what about your vendors and customers? The best companies today are finding ways to increase communication and visibility up and down the value chain. How would your company benefit if you could collaborate with customers on the next release of your products? How would your vendors benefit if they could see your production cycle? And some companies have found that by engaging in selective partnerships with competitors they can create benefits for the whole industry - and increase profits for themselves.
Would you like to increase productivity, quality and innovation with no increase in cost?
Most companies have purchased collaboration, content and/or document management tools. Most are underutilized. It is the rare company that isnít disappointed in the return on collaboration technology investments. Rarer still is the company that wouldn't like to see its employees more collaborative.
The fault usually isnít in the technology, and the cure usually isnít more technology. Itís in overcoming the obstacles to sharing, re-use and knowledge transfer.
We can find bottlenecks, chokepoints, information holes and sinks in any organization. How?