2. Collaboration is essential for organizational change. Over the past 25 years, I’ve worked with a variety of very talented leaders, and one thing I know for sure: Regardless of how creative, smart and savvy a leader may be, he or she can’t transform an organization, a department or a team without the brain power and commitment of others. Whether the change involves creating new products, services, processes – or a total reinvention of how the organization must look, operate, and position itself for the future – success dictates that the individuals impacted by change be involved in the change from the very beginning.
It’s also important to have an atmosphere of openness, which will enable trust to build more rapidly. True, there are concerns about control within the enterprise, but even some movement towards openness will go a long way, to build a safer environment for collaboration that works.