The Collaboration Imperative: Executive Strategies for Unlocking Your Organization's True Potential was written by Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese who are both executives at Cisco. As the Vice President of Corporate Positioning, Ron has helped Cisco develop a culture of sharing and collaborative processes. In addition, he is the co-authoer of Momenutm: How Companies Become Unstoppable Market Forces. Carl is the Vice President of Cisco's collaboration sales and has presented the importance of collaboration to business audiences around the world.
The book is comprised of the following chapters:
- Collaboration Matters
- A Collaborative Culture Starts at the Top
- Get Real About Communication
- Creating Commitment to Common Goals
- Build Team Trust Fast
- Stop Wasting Time
- Unlocking the Collaboration Toolbox
- Eight High-Impace Collaboration Opportunities
- What is the True Payback of Collaboration?
- The Time is Now
The authors have dedicated much of their professional careers to understanding the impact of collaboration within organizations. Collaboration is not only just about technology, but also about a company's culture and processes.
In order for businesses to suceed today, collaboration across an organization is imperative. It should start at the top by setting the culture, sharing knowlege, being transparent, and holding everyone accountabie. Once the leader believes in collaboration, it will affect all of the employees. Technology tools can help to bridge the gap across teams so they can connect and work together.
Successful collaboration needs to embraced by every person in the organization. Putting a strategy together is critical for collaborative success.
The book is an enjoyable read in which the authors explore the various aspects of collaboration with examples from Cisco and other organizations. Throughout the book, the authors interview executives to get their perpspective on collaboration.
The book is divided in the main sections: culture, process, and technology. It is interesting to read how these concepts fit together for the collaborative process.
Each chapter starts with a concept drawing and Executive Summary and then ends with a 60 second wrap. If you want to learn how collaboration can help excel your organization, then this book may be worth reading.