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The Culture of Collaboration: Maximizing Time, Talent and Tools to Create Value in the Global Economy Hardcover – January 2, 2009
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The in-box culture is dead," insists Rosen, so information workers need to learn how to come together on projects spontaneously in real time, instead of handling assignments alone and passing them down the line. He sees electronic tools like instant messaging and video conferencing as indispensable for collaboration, particularly for people who work thousands of miles apart. But, he cautions, such tools will only be effective for companies that actively promote informal, nonhierarchical relationships to spark innovation among their employees (similar to the way smokers from different departments can bond out on the sidewalk). To support his argument, he makes much use of anecdotal evidence from companies like Toyota, Boeing, Procter & Gamble, Dreamworks and the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, once readers clear a path through buzzwords like "optimum collaboration environments" and "global collaborative enterprise," Rosen's insights are pretty obvious and his advice can seem simplistic. "Communication is a key element in collaboration" goes one such observation, "therefore an organization must communicate well to collaborate effectively." Little here will surprise experienced managers.
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"Prepare to be stunned by dramatic results never before seen in fields ranging from aerospace to medical research. Evan Rosen's The Culture of Collaboration shows how"
— Scott Cook
Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee
"The principles of collaboration and leadership described in Evan Rosen's book coupled with trust and a common set of values provide the foundation for NASA's Mission Control Operations. The Flight Director's role is to create the Culture of Collaboration that is critical for safe and successful spaceflight. It was a key element in the successful return of the Apollo 13 crew."
— Eugene F. "Gene" Kranz
Flight Director, Apollo 13
Author, Failure is Not an Option
"People drive business results in the new world of work. The Culture of Collaboration captures the essence of how lifestyles, work styles and even business models are evolving. Evan Rosen makes a persuasive case through timely and strong examples from multiple industries that collaborative culture creates incredible value and competitive advantage for businesses."
— Jeff Raikes
CEO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Former President, Microsoft
"A fascinating 360-degree view of collaboration in action, The Culture of Collaboration is filled with insights that bring new meaning to the changing workplace, globalization and the accelerating Internet revolution."
— Douglas E. Van Houweling
President and CEO
"A cultural shift is rapidly changing how we work, learn and interact. Evan Rosen captures this shift and provides incredible insight into how collaboration changes everything. The Culture of Collaboration is a must read."
— Jimmy Wales
Founder, Wikipedia.org and Wikia.com
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I would have liked the book much better if its content had stuck to what the title suggested it would be about. If the book had merely described the culture necessary to allow collaboration to thrive, then I would be hard pressed to make much criticism. While it is true that collaboration can be wonderful since it "lets people with a variety of skills and talents come together spontaneously and create value" (Rosen, 22), it also is a problem for anyone who works in a company and is concerned for their job security. Probably the biggest problem with this book is that it does not address the job security issue.
Not too long ago I read and reviewed The Collaborative Enterprise (ISBN: 0300114648), another book that covers much of the same material as The Culture of Collaboration. In my humble opinion, the instant book is better written, but the other book is better researched and covers the subject more thoroughly. If the instant book interests you, then I recommend you read both books to better understand the subject matter.
The culture of collaboration (a "we" culture) butts heads today with the culture of hierarchy (a "me" culture) or command and control philosophy. Whereas collaboration shuns individualism and promotes the group or team concept, the command and control philosophy does the exact opposite. While it is true that collaboration will usually get things done quicker and probably better than mere command and control, it also is interested primarily in short term rather than long term stability. And most people who work for a living are interested in long term stability since they have a spouse to help support and children to feed often times.
Collaboration will thrive in partnerships, joint ventures, and special projects since these endeavors are about building things quickly and well. But the author tries to convince us in his book that all companies will benefit from collaboration and all companies should strive to create a culture for collaboration. I don't buy into this theory and the book does not cover all bases in trying to convince me to change my mind. 4 stars!
The Four Hour Work Week is all about helping individuals live their dream lives by increasing productivity and focusing on what really needs to get done . To achieve this state, Ferris suggests that we read our emails only twice a day, that we work from home, and outsource our lives "to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour."
The Culture of Collaboration is written more for business, nonprofit and government collaborators rather than individuals per se. Like The Four Hour Work Week, Rosen wants these groups to achieve their maximum level of productivity. And he explores different ways these organizations can achieve the best "value creation" through collaboration.
Where Ferris writes that we should check our email only twice a day -- Rosen writes about how companies should encourage their employees to collaborate in real time rather than using email as the default mode for communication. With exceptions, the point here is that checking email wastes time as workers wait for replies and can't move forward with their projects. Rosen then goes on to offer simple alternatives that even I never thought of before.
Rosen also goes into the reasons for why it's also good for companies when their employees work at home. Since Ferris' book is written for individuals and is a bit biased in this regard (who wouldn't want to work @ home?) -- I found Rosen's insights rather eye-opening.
Also, while Ferris recommends hiring virtual assistants - Rosen suggests that companies can get more than just assistants. They can get the top field managers & professionals who can work remotely from all over the world.
Of course, the backdrop for all of these points is that collaborative technologies are emerging which make this possible and that this is the time for organizations of all types & sizes to take advantage of these opportunities . He also explores case studies of successful collaborative groups (including the Mayo clinic, which is my favorite) and other remote models that are fascinating to learn about.
For many reasons, I highly recommend this book!
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