"The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other." — Thomas Stallkamp
Collaboration provides the cornerstone for engaging others to come to a consensus around critical decisions and problem solving. Most organizations benefit enormously from transforming their basis for leading and managing to a collaborative workplace. The results from companies that have a collaborative workplace include:
- Organizations collaborate internally to compete externally.
- Decisions are faster, of higher quality, and customer-driven.
- Decisions are made on the basis of principle rather than power or personality, resulting in greater buy-in and impact.
- The energy of the workplace is focused on the customer rather than on internal conflicts.
- Cycle time is substantially reduced and non-value adding work eliminated.
- The productive capacity of the workplace increases.
- Strategic alliances that might have failed not only succeed, but build trust and produce extraordinary results.
- Return on investment increases dramatically.
- Span of control increases substantially.
- The workplace takes on full responsibility and accountability for the success of the enterprise, to the point where some teams have themselves.
- Conflict is reduced as work relationships open up and build trust.
- The fear is gone - change is seen as a positive opportunity.
- The organization is self-sufficient in sustaining the ongoing development of the company.
Creating a collaborative workplace means making a commitment to a new way of working together. It is not a quick fix. It is an ongoing process.
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