Kare’s Favorite Books on Collaboration

Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results

by Morten Hansen

In Collaboration, author Morten Hansen takes aim at what many leaders inherently know: in today’s competitive environment, companywide collaboration is an imperative for successful strategy execution, yet the sought-after synergies are rarely, if ever, realized. In fact, most cross-unit collaborative efforts end up wasting time, money, and resources. How can managers avoid the costly traps of collaboration and instead start getting the results they need?
In this book, Hansen shows managers how to get collaboration right through “disciplined collaboration”— a practical framework and set of tools managers can use to:

  • Assess when—and when not—to pursue collaboration across units to achieve goals
  • Identify and overcome the four barriers to collaboration
  • Get people to buy into the larger picture, even when they own only a small piece of it
  • Be a “T-Shaped Manager,” collaborating across divisions while still working deeply in your own unit
  • Create networks across the organization that are not large, but nimble and effective

 

Culture of Collaboration: Maximizing Time, Talent and Tools to Create Value in the Global Economy

by Evan Rosen

Discover how Boeing maximizes time, tools and global talent in designing the 787 Dreamliner. Learn how Toyota profits from collaborative principles and culture as engineers, assembly workers, and business partners concurrently design new vehicles and production processes. Find out how a start-up foundation can slash drug discovery time by changing the culture of medical research. Evan Rosen explores how collaborative culture is changing business models and the nature of work. Rosen provides a timely and revealing look inside the world’s most collaborative organizations including Toyota, Boeing, Procter & Gamble, DreamWorks, The Dow Chemical Company, Industrial Light and Magic, the Mayo Clinic and others. He explains how their methods can create value in almost every industry.


 

Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration

by Keith Sawyer

Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? In this authoritative and fascinating new book, Keith Sawyer, a psychologist at Washington University, tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity and erects new principles in their place. He reveals that creativity is always collaborative-even when you’re alone. (That “eureka” moment in the bathtub couldn’t have come to Archimedes if he hadn’t spent so many hours arguing and comparing notes with his fellow mathematicians and philosophers.) Sawyer draws on compelling stories of inventions and innovations: the inventors of the ATM, the mountain bike, and open source operating systems, among others, to demonstrate the freewheeling ways of true innovation. He shares the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, theater ensembles, and conversation analysis, to show us how to be more creative in collaborative group settings, how to change organizational dynamics for the better, and how to tap into our own reserves of creativity.


 

Visual Teams: Graphic Tools for Commitment, Innovation, and High Performance

by David Sibbet

Visual Teams uses visual tools and methods to help teams—both face-to-face and virtual—reach high performance in today’s work environment. As teams become more and more global and distributed, visualization provides an important channel of communication—one that opens up the group’s mind to improving work systems and processes by understanding relationships, interconnections, and big picture contexts. Visual Teams shares best practices and uses visualization as a power tool for process improvement by providing teams with a common language for high performance.


 

What’s Mine is Yours

by Rachel Botsman and Roo Roberts

WHAT’S MINE IS YOURS is about Collaborative Consumption, a new, emerging economy made possible by online social networks and fueled by increasing cost consciousness and environmental necessity. Collaborative Consumption occurs when people participate in organized sharing, bartering, trading, renting, swapping, and collectives to get the same pleasures of ownership with reduced personal cost and burden, and lower environmental impact. The book addresses three growing models of Collaborative Consumption: Product Service Systems, Communal Economies, and Redistribution Markets.

 

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