The New Workplace Weekly Digest 04/24

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Every Friday, we prepare for you a short digest with news covering subjects related to employee engagement, collaboration, organizational culture, knowledge sharing, leadership and the future of work.

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Here’s this week’s brief:

The entrepreneurial management…

…of knowledge assets can be critical to the success of any business. Martin Ihrig, Wharton adjunct professor believes that there’s a huge cultural and political dimension to sharing knowledge within a company and they key to making this happen is to bring employees together and make sure they contribute to a common goal in order to make everyone feel comfortable to work in a team. Read How to Determine Which Part of What You Know Really Matters, a great interview conducted by Ian MacMillan.

Learning is more importan than…

…looking smart for curious people, says LeeAnn Renninger, coauthor of Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected. They’re always seeking new knowledge by engaging in conversations and when asked a question, they aren’t afraid to admit they don’t have an answer. That makes them the best employees for sharing knowledge and find new ways to innovate, as answers shouldn’t be valued more than questions. Read Stephanie Vozza’s 8 habits Of Curious People to learn more about their profile and the perks of having them as employees.

“Making extraordinary things happen…

…requires team effort. It requires solid trust and strong relationships. It requires collective competence and group collaboration. Leadership is relationship.” says Jim Kouzes: Executive Fellow of Leadership at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, and Co-author of “The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations”. Leadership is not a solo performance – take the advice of Don Bennett, the first amputee to climb Mt. Rainier that says that the most important lesson he learned from his historic ascent is that “You can’t do it alone.”. Read Americans Still Unhappy at Work: 5 Leadership Gurus Chime in to Save Us by Mark C. Crowley for some leadership best practices.

Familiarity, low barriers to entry, no training…

…necessary, lack of infrastructure and department-specific problems are common reasons for teams to easier adopt collaboration solutions. Evaluating potential collaboration solutions with a sharper eye and finding the solution that will better match your organizations needs is not an easy job, but keeping in mind the reasons aforementioned and adding to that the integration capabilities with existing systems, could prove efficient enough. Read Daniel Wilkens’s How to Navigate the Collaboration Seas for CMSWire to learn more.

Great teams know that collaboration is not…

…only about working together and learning from each other. Companies proudly say that people are their best asset, but it’s actually effective collaboration that lies at the core of problem solving and innovation. Those who have been working together for a long time begin to behave similar and to generate the same ideas. By contrast, difference in thoughts leads to knowledge and helps you be off the beaten track. Read our latest blog post Embrace Diversity of Thought, Today’s Number One Innovation Dynamo to learn more.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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