Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Collaboration Imperative - Vineet Nayar - Harvard Business Review

This is the Version 2.0 era. We have seen the rise of Web 2.0 technologies; companies are using Enterprise 2.0 tools; and in the aftermath of the recent financial crisis, the world's leaders are trying to create Capitalism 2.0. As companies wade through these challenging times, I see a distinct shift towards another new paradigm: Collaboration 2.0.

There's growing recognition everywhere of the need for corporations to collaborate with government, with customers, with NGOs, with stakeholders--and even with competition. In order to survive, business requires the cover of a collaborative ecosystem that will probably render obsolete traditional views of competition.

Smart companies have realized the need to reinvent and align employees' roles with organizational goals in a democratic way,

I appreciate the imperative that drives an organization to collaborate with employees, partners, and stakeholders. The classic model where managers dictate seems unsustainable in today's environment.

This article reminded me of a quote from Peter Drucker:

“The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell.
The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.”

For me the article compels me as a non-manager leader to continue to ask for an opportunity to collaborate and have impact.

Thanks for reading.
Please lead quietly,

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