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Collaboration Begins with You: Be a Silo Buster Hardcover – October 12, 2015
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“Collaboration Begins with You provides a simple, memorable, and—most important of all—actionable model for destroying the barriers that prevent organizations from getting things done.”
—Patrick Lencioni, President, The Table Group, and author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage
“Creating a safe and trusting environment as a collaborator is the core of success—removing fear and taking people to a place of freedom. You will find the steps to success in Collaboration Begins with You!
—Garry Ridge, President and CEO, WD-40 Company, and coauthor of Helping People Win at Work
“Collaboration Begins with You strips down the fluff and gets to the essence of how any organization can create a collaborative mindset for the greater good.”
—Jesse Lyn Stoner, founder, Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership, and coauthor of Full Steam Ahead!
Bestselling author Ken Blanchard and his coauthors bring his signature “business parable” style to a critical skill for today's workplace: collaboration.
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Ken Blanchard, Jane Ripley, and Eunice Parisi-Carew use the business narrative (story format) to dramatize a number of key points. The details of the story are best revealed in the book, in context. These points include:
o Personal growth and professional development are most likely to thrive in a culture of collaboration.
o Mutual trust and respect are essential to effective collaboration.
o There must be a shared commitment to the given objective(s) by everyone involved
o There must also be personal accountability.
o Communication and cooperation must be open and transparent if collaboration is to succeed.
Silos are containers that were created long ago to store grain. The word was appropriated (probably by a management consultant) to be used as an extended metaphor for hoarding information. Blanchard, Ripley, and Parisi-Carew have no quarrel with the agricultural use of silos but insist -- and I agree -- that silos in any human community cause all kinds of problems for those who reside in them as well as for those who are excluded. They explain how to "bust" a silo by changing an attitude, a mindset, and -- as is so often the case -- it begins with one's own. They include an especially valuable "Self Assessment: How Collaborative Do You Think You Are?" (Pages 137-148) so that those who read the book can look at themselves as a collaborative leader or individual contributor.
Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out Hansen's aforementioned book as well as two others: Michael Lee Stallard's Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work and Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations co-authored by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone.
This easy read is perfect for a weekend leadership retreat. One can read and process the book in 4-5 hours and be ready to discuss and implement the principals with a leadership team ready to influence your organizations culture.
This book isn't a cookie cutter technique / guilt laden book but has enough principals to craft to your own environment.
I'd recommend this book for any leader who is working on making positive culture change and needs a jump start to make it happen.