The New Workplace Weekly Digest 09/11

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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:

Virtually everything we know about group dynamics…

…tells us that the wisdom of crowds almost always gets a better result than the lone-wolf approach. The reason is simple: When people are working together on the same project they all tend to see the same problem with a different lens – and that results in added perspective. By working together employees harness the power of multiple brains. Collaboration adds to the cognitive complexity of the group. Read Michael Preston’s article Want to Make it in This World? Better Learn to Collaborate for Huffington Post to learn more.

There are different types of motivation and…

…Marcelo Manucci, a psychologist who specializes in organizational change in times of uncertainty, shares the results of his work managers related to what managers can do to maximize productivity. Build emotional capital is one of the actions leaders can take to encourage inspired motivation. He stresses the need to strengthen diversity and integrate points of view from different genders, ages, and philosophies while creating an environment of respect and shared learning in order to cooperate and collaborate effectively. Read Lydia Dishman’s article How To Manage For the Four Types of Motivation for FastCompany to learn what the rest are.

Commercial collaboration and collective…

…intelligence drives innovation, speed to market and a sharing of expertise and insight to drive growth — in profit, in revenue, in engagement, in personal performance. Janine Garner believes that sharing your weaknesses is one way of moving from a “me” space to a “we” one, as too often in the workplace, we see admitting a lack of knowledge or understanding as admitting to failure, when it is a strength. By showing our team we are willing to seek help and show vulnerability, we build trust and encourage others to admit the same issues. Read her article Business success: collaborative thinking is the new black for The Australian to tap into the collaborative thinking.

Any business works better when its employees…

…teams, divisions, and leaders share ideas and resources to pursue a common goal. But how do we turn the ever-present lingo into everyday reality? Alison Beard asks. And she provides different advices from for new books on the subject. One of these advices comes from Gillian Tett that says “Companies don’t fail at collaboration because not enough people will cooperate with one another. They fail when people work too closely in certain teams, functions, or departments without any regard for the rest of the organization. Coaching for collaborative thinking and behavior might help them break through those boundaries.”. Read Alison’s article Collaborate for Real for Harvard Business Review to get a better view of what collaborative culture is all about.

Organizations cannot afford to lose their deep smarts…

…and knowledge sharing is a great way of protecting you from that. There are many benefits to sharing your skills and know-how and we prepared a list of ten. From silo-breaking and team cementing to limiting the skills gap and future leaders discovery, creating a collaborative and open work culture should be a main concern for all businesses. The “Knowledge is Power” adage is long dead as the new reality of the workforce has taught us that sharing knowledge is beneficial to everybody. Read out latest blog post 10 Reasons To Share Knowledge and let us know your experience with knowledge sharing activities.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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