The Christmas party shouldn’t be the only opportunity for us to move beyond the boundaries of our roles, departments, and responsibilities, to exchange information and ideas. After all, business success depends on our ability to communicate and collaborate efficiently and effectively.
By communicating digitally we can transcend traditional dividing lines, internally and externally. But exploiting this means thinking and behaving differently, and creating collaborative networks that allow people to share information and knowledge more easily.
When businesses look at information flow from a process perspective, it moves along rigid linear channels, from A to B to C. ‘Pools of information’ are more effective, because they can be simultaneously used by lots of different people, and in lots of different ways.
So, ask yourself these questions. What information do we need to function effectively? Who needs access to it? How do we create a pool where this can be accessed and value created in a collaborative way? How do we maintain the high quality of information?
Information pools reflect how people communicate more than the ‘dispatch and receipt’ approach – and bind us together more effectively. Encouraging people to share information and knowledge, gives employees a greater sense of belonging to their organisation.
In a past blog, I suggested the analogy of pigs at a trough. It’s not pretty, but it makes a point: digital information is available to everyone. By connecting and collaborating through pools of information, and sharing our knowledge, we can all help each other to be better at what we do.
Post By Keith Holdt (22 Posts)
Based in London, Keith works for LDC (www.ldc.co.uk), where as an investment executive he supports the boards and senior management teams of portfolio businesses driving value enhancement initiatives that generate shareholder value growth through cash generation, revenue growth and cost saving. Keith is also an associate speaker of TomorrowToday (www.tomorrowtoday.uk.com), an organisation focused on preparing leaders and their organisations for a new world of work, and in this capacity speaks on the impact on businesses of developments in Big Data, social media & hybrid analytics towards improved leadership and corporate decision-making and how this value can be exploited to deliver success. He has acted in an advisory capacity for a number of SME’s and start-ups, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Saffron Technologies (www.saffrontech.com), a US-based natural intelligence & hybrid analytics company positioned by both Gartner and Forrester as a market leader in the space.