Today, people are spending over half of their day working with others, according to a Steelcase study. Collaboration is conducive to creating better ideas and increasing overall quality of work. In fact, executive leaders are convinced: 93% of them believe it’s essential to successful idea generation.
Despite the positive stance on collaboration, there are corporate barriers affecting not just employees’ work experience, but also output
Like distributed computing, it has turned out that for most of human history coordinating among humans has been a slow, intractable, sisyphean effort. In the last few decades we have seen tremendous technical breakthroughs in the latencies and tooling possible to remove these constraints. Across the world, whether in productivity apps or in national governance, there will be a transition period as our norms and processes adapt to this tightening of the collaboration feedback loop.
In the age of climate emergency and a rapidly heating world, a low-carbon footprint has been a part of the business zeitgeist as companies try to reduce their impacts on the environment (or at least be perceived as doing so). When it comes to air travel, however, this reduction means a different way of thinking about face to face time at conferences, meetings and other traditional spaces to network and meet with customers and peers.
Forbes: July 24, 2019
What The Low Carbon Footprint, Flight-Free Movement Means For Business Travel
It's time to move beyond traditional approaches to executive education. To successfully meet the challenges of today's business world, organizations and the individuals who steer them should take more advantage of online learning resources and opportunities.
It was nearly unanimous that teamwork is crucial (97%) and helps generate better ideas (93%). The global findings revealed barriers workers face to successful collaboration include lack of access to the right people, lack of access to information, outdated technology and rampant distractions.
Thanks to new technologies that enable frequent, low-friction, customized digital interactions, companies today are building much deeper ties with customers than ever before. Instead of waiting for customers to come to them, firms are addressing customers’ needs the moment they arise—and sometimes even earlier.
Harvard Business Review: May-June, 2019
How do you get value from continuous customer connectivity?
The tradition of doing business in person – attending meetings, closing company deals over a handshake or meeting a potential customer for lunch – can be a burden not just to jet-lagged business travellers themselves, but to the environment.