re: Collaboration Strategy: Avoid The Online Dating Syndrome
Absolutely on target. This isn't just true of collaboration - it is true of many trends that some businesses use for success, while others just try to sound-alike instead of do-alike. Whether it be collaboration, agile development, six sigma, etc. I have too often seen organizations trumpet they have embraced such technologies, when they are not technologies - they are processes that only occur when the organization changes their ways, their culture, their goals. Unfortunately, too many boards and other oversight bodies don't check to see if orgnaization leaders are playing buzzword bingo with PR-oriented exercises, rather than looking at the elusive "corporate culture" measuring stick. In the end, you can tell when you walk into an organization where people are engaged vs. disengaged, but all too often middle managers are too interested in checking off the box that they supported the latest initiative upper management asked for, rather than taking the time to really make a difference with their employees. Simple things that you listed make a big difference: valuing employee feedback is huge. If managers cannot have open discussion with employees, then you are not collaborating - you are simply commanding and calling it something else.