One of the most powerful changes impacting the workplace today is the increasing use of enterprise collaboration tools and the unique ways it’s fostering innovation, building communities, encouraging authentic dialogue, introducing business efficiencies and fueling learning and development. With rapidly evolving technology, many organizations are feeling the pressure to develop a comprehensive approach to enterprise wide collaboration, identifying which tools work best within their corporate framework, how to create seamless interfaces, and how to encourage employee adoption. Craig Malloy, CEO of Bloomfire, wrote an excellent article recently, Learn or Die: A Primer, addressing the issue of innovation in business productivity and how the right blend of tools can make employees more productive and foster knowledge sharing. The exploding use of mobile apps is also igniting ideas and conversations that’s creating a new wave of efficiencies in the workplace, encouraging companies to think more broadly about how to marry knowledge sharing with business process redesign. Evolving knowledge management initiatives is a compelling business priority for organizations, with content management systems needing to be more comprehensive and strategic in ways that blend content, collaboration, file management, and social and learning capabilities that foster a knowledge sharing culture, as Malloy aptly stated.
But in order to fully embrace the power of enterprise collaboration, corporate cultures must foster environments that value sharing and empower employees through social tools. This clarion call to evolve corporate cultures is now coming from multiple corners, increasing pressure for organizations to transform on many levels or risk losing competitive advantage and talented employees. How to create a collaborative culture requires many aspects of leadership alignment, strategy, change management, employee engagement, technology and rethinking the use of space which many organizations are undertaking from the large to the small including IBM, Intel, Citrix, and 37 Signals as a few examples.
Thought leader Eliot Masie speaks to the multiple avenues and pathways organizations are pursuing to reach the goal of collaboration in the infographic above which is a useful representation of mapping out a larger vision for knowledge sharing. Interestingly, this has relevance for outside the organization as well. Communities and citizens are collaborating in multiple ways as never seen before and one example comes from the city of Boston where new approaches to urban governance are happening daily. Both inside and outside organizations, this connectivism, a way people engage in socialization and interaction that links minds, communities and ideas while promoting personalization, collaboration and creativity leading to knowledge creation is exciting because it will only continue to grow as we move towards the future. And it’s a game changer in every aspect of life. Over the past year I’ve been involved with multiple collaborative efforts, and the more opportunities I’ve had to join forces with others, the more I’ve come to appreciate the exponential power of shared learning experiences and goals.