April 18, 2011

Do You Exhibit Collaborative Attributes? Does Your Organization?

About two years ago, Tammy Erickson asked the question, “Do You Have The Collaborative Capacity You Need?” In it, she describes ten enabling factors that help to build the collaborative capacity of an organization. I highly recommend you review them.

I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight both the ten individual and the ten organizational attributes I personally believe help achieve this state.

Individual Attributes: Organizational Attributes:
  • Proactive
  • Empathetic
  • Inspiring
  • Reciprocal
  • Helpful
  • Optimistic
  • Trusting
  • Sociable
  • Open
  • CARE principal
  • Networked teams (not siloed business units)
  • Open to ideas (not limited to senior management)
  • Learning 2.0 enabled (not solely training in classes)
  • Mobile & flexible (not locked up in cubicles)
  • Social business supportive (not ERP & MSFT Office only)
  • Connected leadership mantra (not top-down)
  • Executives in action (not ‘Snuffleupagus’ syndrome)
  • People oriented (not simply rules & process focused)
  • Technology savvy (not merely tools from the 80’s)
  • Fun replete with humour (not stiff, boring & disengaging)

Visit the Collaboration Cycle to get more thoughts on how some of these attributes relate to not only the cycle, but to what I call the Collaboration Curve.

More coming in Zat Book too. (soon)

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