Effective collaboration is critical to personal performance and well-being in today’s hyper-connected world of work. But most organizations have flooded employees with indiscriminate demands to collaborate – consuming 85% or more time each week in collaborative work that has drifted earlier into the morning, further into the night and deeper into the weekends. This undisciplined approach to collaboration has created always on work contexts that are burning people out and hurting performance rather than delivering on promises of productivity, innovation and engagement.
The dilemma is that we all need to collaborate more to create effective organizations and vibrant careers for ourselves. But conventional wisdom on teamwork and collaboration has created too much of the wrong kind of collaboration, which hurts our performance, health and overall well-being.
A new and definitive piece of research conducted across 300 organizations shows a path forward. In Beyond Collaboration Overload, renowned Babson professor, writer, and management thinker Rob Cross solves this paradox by showing how successful people – those that are top performers and thriving in their work – collaborate in a more purposeful fashion that makes them 18-24% more efficient than their peers. The most successful people are distinguished by the efficiency and intentionality of their collaboration – not the size of their network or the length of their workday.
Join Rob to learn more about the insights and recommendations from his new book that hit the stands on September 14.