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Enabling Effective Collaboration - Leadership Development Exchange

Fast moving work environments need people who know how to team, people who have the skills and the flexibility to act in moments of potential collaboration when and where they appear. - Amy Edmondson


This was truly a collaborative meeting all about collaboration! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this inspiring and insightful conversation, and warm welcome to our new members.

Organizational cultures that enable and support purposeful collaboration do so via the alignment of three key elements - all of which are clearly linked to high market performance. These elemens work in unison to shape and move culture: leadership, work management, and talent practices. When these practices are in place, collaborative organizations are able to produce innovative solutions, execute work efficiently, and thrive at work and in life.


Top 4 things we explored.


Effective collaboration enables aspirational results. Collaboration is the creation of the fabric that bonds us together. It’s not an outcome, it’s an enabler. It enables us to innovate more, execute efficiently, and thrive as we feel connected. Look into the 4 Ways High-Performance Organizations Do Collaboration Better.

We all experience collaboration hurdles. There is a tension between the promise of collaboration and our what our lived realities are. Challenges we experience include getting stuck in silos, not finding agreement on next steps/priorities, and sending too many emails or having too many meetings. Read more in Collaboration Overload is Sinking Productivity.

It's about purpose. Research from i4cp and Rob Cross clearly shows the difference between productive and unproductive collaboration can be summed up in one word: purpose. Check out the Purposeful Collaboration Model to learn more.

Ingredients for effective collaboration. Consider how effective your organization is at collaborating evaluating how it creates purposeful and inclusive interactions, ensures employees are not overloaded, and sets up structures that are de-siloed. Explore the Essential Talent Practices for Productive Collaboration.


Need some more inspiration?

Check out the Collaboration Knowledge Center.


The Leadership Development Exchange, a peer-driven working group, focuses on how global high-performance organizations identify the leadership competencies required to ensure organizational agility and develop effective leaders accordingly. Explore these issues with peers and key thought leaders to apply those strategies in your organization.

This meeting is exclusively for members of the Leadership Development Exchange. If you'd like to participate, please contact us to see if you qualify. If you are an i4cp member, please log in to access the registration/meeting details.
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This event is approved for certification credits.