It might come as a cliché, but to survive, a company must change constantly. The economy presses organizations to evolve, as hard as nature pressures animals. New rivals arrive to the market, consumers emerge and vanish, new product demands claim attention, jams and conflicts need solutions, processes are to be optimized and recessions to react […]
Proven managers can be promoted. They sometimes change companies. Seniors retire; new teams and divisions open. Catastrophes, constant growth, and even normal work can open new managerial positions that must be filled as soon as possible. Finding a mid-level manager is one of the most expensive recruitment projects. A candidate with business experience, people skills, […]
We all know that social network analysis is the systematic research of connections, which is based on early works of sociology, modern graph theory, and social psychology. But honestly how was today’s Social Network Analysis (SNA) born ? Some of the late 19th centuries thinkers, like Émile Durkheim, started wondering about the nature of societies. […]
One of the most frequently asked questions relates to the number of questions we ask. Client: ‘Is it possible to provide such lengthy and detailed feedback based on so few items?’ Some clients are impressed, some react skeptically, and others are even anxious about the topic. Client again: ‘So, is it possible to give back […]
The shocking fact about change management initiatives is that 70% of them fail. Furthermore, 60% of these projects do not fully meet their objectives. Be it installing new technology, downsizing, restructuring the organization, or trying to shape the organizational culture, the statistics are the same. IBM has surveyed 1,400 individuals who were responsible for designing, […]
Improving performance and continuous growth are among the main goals of every team and company. Dozens of theories and tools claim to help you achieving them in some ways. While searching for the best person/job fit and competency measurements, however, HR and management often forgets one of the most important keys to performance: motivation. The […]
Larger teams tend to fall into different subgroups, that are barely organized to work together, so constantly falling out of synch. Sales guys sometimes miss changes in priority, products and opportunities or back-end development works on a new feature that has not been even scheduled for the front-end group yet. Companies are usually visualized by […]
Is the information flow killing the cooperation among your team members? Here’s the highest time to realize the importance of most often overlooked communication. Symptoms of insufficient and missing team communication can be easily mistaken as personal faults. Even if the team member leaves the company, similar problems would reappear demoralizing the team further on. […]
Joe is the right hand of his team leader. He is what you might call a coder ninja. He has a decade and a half of experience behind his back in several programming languages. He sees through whole processes with ease, overcomes hard parts before breakfast, and singlehandedly defeats an army of bugs. One day Joe decides to leave the company. The day after he left, things start to fall apart.
Joanne has a team of 12 employees reporting to her; she hired most of them in the last six months. One day, she realizes that recruiting and training them wasn’t enough. The team operates far too slowly and lacks any sense of flexibility—they don’t have any fun, she thinks. And then it dawns on her: There’s very little conversation or camaraderie; everyone is immersed in his or her own world, rather than engaging with each other. The team’s not in sync.
When creating or developing an existing team, no one really expects one employee to solve everything. Challenges worth overcoming are complex, practical, and more often than not, interdisciplinary in nature. Distributing tasks among diversely skilled members is usually the way to go.
Creating a team that is meant to be collaborative is however everything but a trivial task. Cooperation in teams may fail for several reasons. One of those is the lack of a clear definition. So in this article we are going to discuss how and why you should define your own collaborative culture.