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Chris Jones is an author and technology consultant, with over 25 years seeking creative ways to enhance the productivity and performance of teams. With depth in both leadership and management roles, he seeks to bridge the gap between concept and action. He is currently based in Charlotte, NC, and speaks frequently at conferences. He has been cited in CIO Magazine and Multisourcing, a book by Gartner. Active in the social space as @sourcepov, Chris is vocal on the challenges facing adoption of social platforms and business change. He attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he received a B.S. in Computer Science. With both Virginia and North Carolina as home, he travels frequently across the southeast. He is a father of 3. Besides consulting and writing books, his interests include photography, and deeper dives into organizational development and value systems.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Amberwood Media Group (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978756614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978756611
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,364,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew C. Marshall on September 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you are a team member, a leader of teams, working on projects, programs or change initiatives, or leading your enterprise or a part of it, The DNA of Collaboration is a book you should have at hand. I highly recommend this book as a blueprint for collaborative practice.

For an individual one of the core skills necessary to survive and thrive in the workplace of today is the ability to collaborate. As someone keenly interested in the performance of groups and teams tasked with achieving breakthrough innovation in their enterprises, I regularly see how a deficiency in this area can have both short term consequences for organization performance and long term consequences for strategic gain. Collaboration is not simply a necessary skill, as The DNA of Collaboration highlights it is one of the preeminent skills vital for organization success.

By providing one of the most thorough and comprehensive models for collaboration within and across teams, Chris Jones reveals the complex systems and processes that are at work when collaborating. He targets the critical ingredients for success: the place of meaning in work, the ability to communicate effectively, and the interplay between various roles necessary for successful collaboration. Along the way, he tackles barriers and impediments to collaborative success and offers clear insights and guidance for those seeking to maximize the effectiveness of their team's performance.

Perhaps the greatest lessons like in the reapplication of fundamental business practices to collaboration: the need for respect, the focus on being trustful and being trustworthy ourselves, and the depth of engagement required to truly listen to the needs of others. Chris offers us collaboration as a choice. A choice we need to make more often as the problems we face within our organizations and around the world increase in complexity.
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This is a fantastic book! Collaboration is a word used but not often put into action. People are social beings, meant for interaction. When we isolate ourselves, our perceptions can become distorted. Social, according to Dictionary.com, is "living or disposed to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation." I appreciate the perspective in The DNA of Collaboration that people are more productive when connected. It makes me think of an unplugged lamp, lacking energy, dark and uninteresting... now, plug in that lamp and you have spark, light, and vision. Same concept applies to a social environment; we are energized through various venues that encourage collaboration, but we must be plugged in. I also believe that connecting across departmental lines reduces the tendency to work in silos. A more organic form of communication flows through various outlets which increases knowledge sharing. I'm excited to see those lamps light up-because, after all, who wants to work in the dark? Chris Jones clearly and eloquently outlines what it takes to have effective collaboration across teams and industries. He breaks through the challenges encouraging an environment of teamwork and provides a wide variety of scenarios with practical applications. His vision for learning organizations through creativity, communication, culture, and trust will change the way corporatations work. He touches on the strengths people bring to the table and how to utilize talent in a productive and effective way. This book will change antiquated perspectives about dividing lines in organizations. I highly recommend The DNA of Collaboration.
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