Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results

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Harvard Business Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 231 pages
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In Collaboration, author Morten Hansen takes aim at what many leaders inherently know: in today's competitive environment, companywide collaboration is an imperative for successful strategy execution, yet the sought-after synergies are rarely, if ever, realized. In fact, most cross-unit collaborative efforts end up wasting time, money, and resources. How can managers avoid the costly traps of collaboration and instead start getting the results they need?

In this book, Hansen shows managers how to get collaboration right through "disciplined collaboration"-- a practical framework and set of tools managers can use to:

Assess when--and when not--to pursue collaboration across units to achieve goals

Identify and overcome the four barriers to collaboration

Get people to buy into the larger picture, even when they own only a small piece of it

Be a "T-Shaped Manager," collaborating across divisions while still working deeply in your own unit

Create networks across the organization that are not large, but nimble and effective

Based on the author's long-running research, in-depth case studies, and company interviews, Collaboration delivers practical advice and tools to help your organization collaborate--for real results.
 

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All collaboration is not created equal! Done right and in relevant situations, collaboration is a plus. Great lessons applicable to learning to navigate the virtual world of online collaboration. Read full review

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Very good and useful book. Well written and can be directly used in day to day business. I found it very convincing when discussing the hurdles we face in getting good idea's to implementation.

Contents

Getting Collaboration Wrong or Getting It Right
5
OPPORTUNITIES AND BARRIERS
21
Know When to Collaborate and When Not To
23
Spot the Four Barriers to Collaboration
45
SOLUTIONS
69
Lever 1 Unify People
71
Lever 2 Cultivate TShaped Management
93
Lever 3 Build Nimble Networks
117
Grow to Be a Collaborative Leader
143
Journeys End for Now
167
The Research Behind the Book
171
Notes
179
Bibliography
211
Acknowledgments
221
Index
223
About the Author
231

A PERSONAL CHALLENGE
141

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About the author (2009)

Morten T. Hansen is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and INSEAD in France. Previously, he was an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he taught leadership and general management. In addition to his academic career, Hansen has been a management consultant for a number of years with the Boston Consulting Group. He holds a PhD from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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