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Expand Your Collaboration 'Footprint'
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SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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5/19/2014 | 9:24:14 AM
Collaboration changes
I think that we have a very out dated idea of what collaboration is.  I see people who think that emailing a document to colleagues is collaboration but if I ask them to put it in a shared space so that everyone can work on it as a constantly changing document they get defensive.  My opinion is that if you have input that is valuable you don't have to "own" the idea or a document that holds your ideas.  The best way to add value to your input is to share it and have other people validate your input then put it to use.  You could have the answers to the world's problems but if you don't share them nothing will ever change.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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5/19/2014 | 10:01:27 AM
Your experiences
Readers: How would you rate your business's collaboration footprint? What other methods do you use to assess collaboration?
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/19/2014 | 3:44:28 PM
Re: Collaboration changes
In many cases we have outdated collaboration tools, as well. Your problem may not be idea hoarding; it may be your internal wiki or your Sharepoint implementation.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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5/20/2014 | 7:16:20 AM
Re: Collaboration changes
Yes, outdated tools can cause some collaboration issues but I dare to say that even with the best tools available the default for most people is to hold on to what they have and sharing is only done upon request.  We do a fair amount of SharePoint here, in fact we just redesigned our intranet earlier this year to promote collaboration but it is tough to break old habits.  I have some teams that are on board and really want to get deeper into what they can do with SharePoint but then there are others that have zero interest and they want to hold everything very tightly.  I get the feeling from some of them that they believe if other people know what they know then we don't need them around and that is a sad attitude to have.  The other obstacle is that it takes effort to change habits and many people don't want to change.


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