Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What prevents collaboration

In a recent article at ft.com, they look at what obstacles can prevent the collaboration in your company. They identify:

-Bad gatekeepers
These people maybe ill-equipped to judge new ideas that come from within
-Leaders failing to promote energy
Are leaders feeding energy or are they draining it from their networks?
-Lack of management basics
Are new members to the team briefed properly? Are managers bringing them up to speed on the projects?

The article ends with this quote: You need to understand how informal, unseen networks can be encouraged to work to your benefit. This is where innovation will come from.

What do you think? What are some of the obstacles preventing collaboration in your business?

2 comments:

Oscar Berg said...

Here are a few things that prevent collaboration to add to the list:
- Laziness / human nature (collaboration often require some effort)
- Lack of incentives to collaborate (social and/or monetary)
- Technological barriers (manifesting silos)
- Lack of communication skills
- You can't find / discover who you should collaborate with

Regards,
Oscar

paul said...

I worked for a fortune 100 company in the area of Technology Assessment over multiple divisions.

Here are some key thing I have seen:

- Management does not encourage collaboration. They do not allow time for it, model it and make it a goal.
- Artificial Silos / divisional lines prevent collaboration.
- Glory seekers stop collaboration efforts (if they collaborate they may loose some of the glory. Even worse someone may leverage the technology they are working on for a more impactful product to the organization.) Fear is a great disabler!
- Oscar also listed two fears:
1. fear of communication skills
2. fear of who to collaborate
with (OR Am I doing it
right?)

"I have constructed 3,000 different theories in connection with the electric light....Yet only in two cases did my experiments prove the truth of my theory." Thomas Edison

A good system can be put in place to overcome poor collaberation issues.

Regards
Paul D

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