Collaboration for Innovation

23 Jan Collaboration for Innovation

InnovationLeaders at innovative companies must focus on building a community.

Good leaders create the environment set for innovation, by creating a workplace where individual slices of genius can be fostered and collected into collaborative powerhouses. To unleash the innovation within your organization, you must tap into the talents and passions your employees have to create work that is actually useful. Innovation is usually strongest among a diverse group of people who have different expertise and points of view. Innovative organizations do not simply go along to get along. They do not compromise. They do not let one group or one individual dominate, even the boss. They have developed a persistent and more inclusive decision making process that allows for “both/and” alternatives to arise and not simply “either/or”.

Bottom Up Innovation

All the voices in your organization should be heard. Effective companies design a digital workplace that is more like a public square where people can interact. Your digital workplace will facilitate bottom up innovation. This method unleashes the power of your collective. Strategy and planning will bring order to the chaos of initiatives and providing a clearer basis for ordering priorities and managing the cross-functional interdependencies.

Enable Agility

In order to capture the genius of the collective and encourage innovation through collaboration, digital leaders must create an agile organization that can respond quickly with the most sensible solution. Many companies are immersed in technology and trying to learn how it can transform their businesses. However, many technology efforts tend to be ad-hoc and uncoordinated. Without the proper framing and planning at the company level, the best initiatives may fail.  Organizations need a holistic view of the digital opportunities combined with an overall vision of how digital can reshape their landscape.

Innovation Through Collaboration

Collaboration is not an end goal but is essential in creating an innovative and consistent work product. The hub of your digital workplace should include a social intranet or feature-rich Enterprise Social Network (ESN) platform. The right platform implementation will include a mix of collaboration, communication, and business processes that help with the overall digital workplace strategy. Digital tools are the human work repository. Growing the best tools requires setting the stage for innovation and creating a great strategy to get there.

The message is simple. Plan to include all voices. Ensure all of your employees will be heard. Create your digital workplace with collaboration and innovation in mind and enjoy taking your company to the next level.

Kevin Schovan

As a technologist, software test engineer and trainer, Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the information technology field. Over the past 12 years, Kevin has been dedicated to assisting companies plan, harness, retain and share their collective business intelligence using intranet technologies. He launched and was the North American Director of Operations for two different out-of-the-box intranet software companies. The teams he trained and developed during that time continue to support global customers for both of those companies. As a leader and motivator, his passion is implementing social collaborative technologies that improve employee engagement, satisfaction and operational efficiency. Kevin’s expertise includes strategy, governance, implementation planning, knowledge management practices, social collaboration, corporate community efficiency and organizational cultural change. Prior to joining Enterprise Strategies as a Senior Client Advisor, Kevin has guided over 300 companies and their teams in all phases of intranet implementation. Those organizations span the retail, hospitality, banking, architecture, construction, legal, non-profit, technology, federal government and city government sectors. Kevin is based in Dallas, Texas.

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