When we consider collaboration, productivity matters a lot.  Whichever way we look at it there is no escaping the fact that poor, albeit well meaning, collaboration can be costly.  This issue can be tackled but it does take one specific bent; understanding that collaboration is about smart strategy that integrates multiple factors into a seamless process.  Collaboration is disruptive and is as much about change management as it can get.  Therefore, it should not be undertaken as a simple exercise without proper assessment of organisational capacity (look into the culture of the organisation for clues) to get the best out of it.  In this edition of recommended reading we include a few pieces that may help.

Thanks to those who have suggested articles for this edition of Roadmender Recommends.


The Fine Line Between a Collaborative Employee and One Who Doesn’t Get Enough Done

Tony was baffled. His direct report, Susan, was enormously productive. Her team clearly loved working with her, and she was considered a high potential in the organization. Yet she always seemed pulled in a dozen directions rather than focused on the areas that Tony had indicated as strategic priorities.  While he admired her attention to detail and ability to multitask, Tony saw the flip side of these strengths as a tendency to get bogged down in the…READ ON


Five Team-Building Exercises That Increase Collaboration

It’s no secret that if you want your team to be more effective, productive, happier and successful, they have to work well together. But how can you bring together individuals who have varying skills, contrasting personalities, and different responsibilities?  One tried-and-true method for making your team more cohesive is having them participate in team-building exercises. Throughout my career, I’ve found the following five examples to work well…READ ON


‘Collaboration Product of the Year’

MindLink, founded in 2011, offers a fully rounded enterprise-ready messaging platform for corporates – focusing on stringent data security, regulatory compliance, system integration and usability. As a Microsoft Gold partner it also connects with UC platforms such as Microsoft Lync & Skype for Business elevating the messaging capabilities within the Microsoft platforms…READ ON


The rewards of cross generation collaboration

A 101-year-old dancer collaborated with a Sydney fashion designer to fund a program of creative immersion in aged care facilities across Australia.  Eileen Kramer says: ‘When you’re creating, you’re always doing something new. It’s the opposite of old.’  Kramer is 101. She returned to Australia at age 99 after living in America for many years, choosing to reside in Sydney’s hipster hub of Chippendale.  ‘Suddenly she was immersed in this hip scene, and within a year had made three music videos and is working on a book – she is just so engaged,’ said fashion…READ ON


When collaboration stops being productive

While a collaborative style can make an employee well-liked by their team, sometimes this can mean they pull in too many directions at once.   This situation occurs quite often, said Rebecca Shambaugh, president of global leadership development organisation SHAMBAUGH, in a recent article for Harvard Business Review.  Although these types of employees are often seen as workhorses, they can be indecisive about delegating work and instead try to take on too…READ ON


Why are some people more productive than others? Science has the answer

In an economy ruled by change, disruption, and uncertainty, it seems that everyone — individuals and companies alike — is searching for an edge. Stephen Covey published The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People back in 1989; since then, interest in the art and science of habit formation has grown steadily and shows no signs of abating…READ ON


Business collaboration a hidden motivation in Microsoft, LinkedIn deal

linkedin-microsoft-logo-100666568-primary.idgeNearly a month after Microsoft’s blockbuster bid to buy LinkedIn, another reason why the companies joined forces has become more apparent: effective enterprise collaboration depends on community and tools. LinkedIn has a large, motivated community of 433 million registered users, but its business tools are lacking.  LinkedIn’s weak enterprise utilities were one of many contributing factors that led the two companies to merge. Turning that weakness into strength is something only a few companies could do. Facebook, Google, Salesforce and others were also in the hunt, according to a proxy statement recently filed with the U.S. SEC, but Microsoft won the bidding war with its $26.2 billion offer…READ ON


Oblong Industries’ Futuristic Collaboration Tech Moving to Mainstream;

Oblong Industries, the developer of spatial, immersive, and gesture-enabled technologies for the new era of collaborative work, today announced 50+% growth in revenue year-over-year in each of the last three years, and 50+% growth in worldwide headcount more recently…READ ON


Video collaboration tools boost productivity

video collab

Video collaboration increases productivity and improves both business and personal relationships, according to a video conferencing technology company, Lifesize.  The company polled its users and says that 99.2 of respondents said video conferencing boosts relationships both in and out of office. No word on how many people were polled, though.  It was also said that 91.7 per cent of respondents said it was easier to get their point across when being able to see the other person on video, and 77.7 per cent said their productivity jumped, and their work-life balance…READ ON


Academic-industry collaboration generates elegant way of pinpointing how a new drug exerts beneficial effects

A collaborative effort by cancer researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and chemists at Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), a pharmaceutical firm, has resulted in the identification of a new drug target in leukemia and creation of a candidate drug that hits the target. Perhaps even more important, the research demonstrates a new, highly accurate way of proving how this and certain other classes of drugs work — extremely valuable information in the risky business of drug development. The research appears today in Nature Chemical Biology…READ ON