Re: New book: Beyond Collaboration Overload, by Rob Cross #books #WOL #SNA-ONA-VNA #collaboration #workplace
Thanks for the head's up on this book. I think this may be a follow on and expansion of Rob's thoughts in this area - he and Reb Rebele and Adam Grant first wrote on their Collaboration Overload take in a Harvard Business Review article in late 2015. I wrote extended comments and then crafted this extended blog piece a couple of years later - I thought they threw too much into a "collaboration" bucket.
"It seemed to me that much of the challenges and issues they called out did not have much to do with collaboration, per se, but with poor interaction and knowledge management practices, irregular or vague governance and guidance, and haphazard project and team management processes. In my work with organizations and companies, it’s often these kinds of issues that impact productive collaboration."
I am eager to see how he may have expanded his thinking since this early HBR article.
I will say this - I spent about 10 years working on projects in large high tech companies to move their entire workforce to digital and social collaboration tools and modalities. There were several common stumbling blocks that underpinned what leads to and what Cross calls Collaboration Overload
It's a challenge to move traditional organizational thinking into a "networked" model, but I've tried to articulate in these three categories
It looks like Cross is really integrating strong network practice into organizational design thought. Companies have made enormous investments in the technology but have left the practice to chance. I am going to pre-order his book.
Something's on Overload - But It's Not Collaboration.
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