Have you ever left a meeting knowing it was a waste of time because the decision that was made did not really have the support of the group?
Or struggled to put together a new initiative while stakeholders were forming factions to defend their turf?
Or gritted your teeth against mounting frustration and delays as a contagious conflict sucked in more and more people?
Or seen organizational leaders consumed with putting out fires instead of focusing on mission?
These resource drains are symptoms of collaboration breakdown.
Many organizations put up with them because they see no alternative. They believe that seeking cooperation and buy-in from everyone would take too long, produce mediocre results, or simply fail. The assumption is that collaboration happens at the expense of efficiency.
We think otherwise.
In our work with hundreds of organizations and groups, we’ve found that efficient collaboration is not only possible – it is crucial for creativity, agility, and lasting results.
To reach that sweet spot, we assess and tune up the systems at the heart of collaboration: systems for sharing information, discerning what really matters, learning from feedback, reaching decisions, and distributing resources.