Thursday, February 23, 2012

Life Skill: Why Collaboration is Good for the Workplace

"Change is hard when it's done TO us, much easier when it's done BY us."     
This comment was posted by member on a LinkedIn thread.

This belief supports the need for collaboration in the workplace. Working together has it's challenges, yes, but the whole is so much greater than the parts. The outcome is so much more than what could be imagined by one individual. When people are involved in the creation of their own futures, they buy in. They become invested. They become engaged. But true collaboration in the workplace is tricky.

On the one hand it requires a different kind of leadership. Leadership with a vision for more than industrial, factory-style workplaces where people are required to fit into simple box job descriptions.

Watch this awesome whiteboard animation adapted from a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert. His ideas about how education is like a factory can be used to describe workplaces that are also stuck in old ways. Workplaces that are avoiding or ignoring collaboration.

Then watch this whiteboard animation, "Where Good Ideas Come From" produced by the same company, Cognitive Media. This presentation is about collaboration and how innovative ideas are generated. It is from a talk given by Steven Johnson who wrote Everything Bad Is Good for You (which I haven't read but maybe I should...)

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