Collaborate across distance and difference

May 24, 2014 1:43 pm

Globalisation, changes in technology, as well as the continued convergence of industries, has increased the need for collaboration with highly diverse and often dispersed teams. HR systems that facilitate relationships and collaboration versus instigating competition between teams and individual employees provide a platform for tapping into the ‘social brain’. Humans are social beings and our brains were built to connect. Leaders can build on that natural tendency by ensuring that HR and other systems encourage and support collaboration efforts such as:
• Exploring the impact of ideas across different departments, geographic/time zone regions or even different age groups.
• Using iterative and inclusive approaches to problem solving.
• Rewarding inclusion of broad stakeholder engagement versus narrowly scoped solutions.

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