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Bridging the Great Generational Divide

Old_New_Collaboration_TechnologyThe current professional landscape is rapidly changing as 7 million members of Gen Y are entering the workplace. They currently outnumber every other generation in the global workforce as Matures and Baby Boomers retire. This is creating a significant generational divide as the work ethics and attitudes of Gen Y are exponentially different from the Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers who are hiring, managing, and working with them.

With Gen X being the smallest demographic, members of this generation are facing a unique set of challenges as the “sandwich generation” in the workforce. In conjunction with the skills and preferences gap, many employers lack an intricate understanding of the basic strategies needed to hire and engage the best people from Gen X while continuing to develop and retain more senior employees. And many Gen X’ers lack the knowledge and motivation to rise to the top and become leaders in their industries.

The first step in tackling these generational issues is to understand how each generation views itself, the workplace, and those they work with. Here is an infographic that explains some broad differences between the four major generations in the workforce today.

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Your Team Is Connected, But Are They Connecting?

Team_connecting_CollaborationThere’s no doubt that most teams in the corporate world are connected 24/7 thanks to modern technology. From smart calendar apps to help keep track of appointments and projects to joining online meetings, all of our workplace tasks can be handled right in the palm of our hand.

Because of these great business collaboration tools, you’ve conquered the first hurdle of having an effective team—being connected. But while they may be tuned in to work and available at the sound of an incoming email, that doesn’t mean they’re actually connecting as a team.

Workplace relationships are the building blocks to creating and nurturing a high-performing team. Connecting on a personal level in the workplace builds cohesion, a support system and a source of motivation.

Team-building activities are a great way to start bringing a team together—whether they’re working together in person or virtually. I’m sure your eye twitched at the sound of “team-building activities”, but they really are essential to breaking team members out of their shells and showcasing their true personalities.

Here are some possible team-building activities, for both in-person and virtual teams to try.Continue reading

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The Four Collaboration Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Today

Collaboration_MistakesThere’s something undeniably magical about collaboration and the energy unleashed by a group of people working on something together. It’s a little bit like the energy you feel when in a packed stadium when your favourite band plays – everyone knows the lyrics, everyone knows the songs and there’s just that buzz. It’s amazing.

When we try to create this collaboration buzz in our organisations, we often focus on building the stadium (ie we buy a piece of collaboration technology) and hope that the buzz somehow follows. We’re so focused on the stadium, we forget to consider what the band was doing that was so right that got people aligned around it. Worse yet, we forget the fans. The result? Empty collaboration stadiums.

On our mission to fill these collaboration stadiums, some common mistakes plague many organisations. Here are four major collaboration missteps you may be making (and some ideas on how to get back on track).Continue reading

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Moving From Leader-as-Hero to Leader-as-Host

Leader_Hero“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
-Rumi

Anyone who has ever led anything knows that nothing to do with human beings and change can ever be described as easy. Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects, is that just like all the clichés say, any change begins with you first. It’s funny how often that gets disregarded in so many “organisational change initiatives”! So in that spirit of personal change let me share a little of my experiences at TATA and the organisational transformation that we are undergoing.

My personal change challenge could best be described as moving from “leader as hero” to “leader as host”.Continue reading

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Is Your Office Design Working Against Your Collaboration Efforts?

Office_Design_CollaborationThere was a moment many years ago when laptops were just coming to the workplace and I could see the impact they were going to have on the workplace. Where once we were chained to a desktop computer, we now had the freedom to collaborate when and where we wanted to. That was one of those eureka moments for me, I suddenly realised there’s something interesting going on here.

Since then, technology has become increasingly democratised in the workplace – we’re bringing our own devices and using apps to help with organisation and productivity. And technology is facilitating new and exciting levels of collaboration within the workplace. The problem is a lot of our offices haven’t evolved with technology – they haven’t kept up with the way we’re using technology at work.Continue reading

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The Four Pillars You Need to Build a Collaborative Enterprise

Four_Pillars_CollaborationCollaboration is something we all strive for because it is essential to better business outcomes. An aligned team that is working in harmony is always going to produce better work than what one person can achieve alone. So if we know collaboration works, surely it should be intrinsic to our work day. Unfortunately, we’re so used to setting KPIs or allocating bonuses based on individual performance – it’s almost like we’ve been conditioned to not collaborate.

So how do we get out of this individual mindset and build a truly collaborative enterprise? I believe there are four pillars we must have in order to succeed:Continue reading

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Case Study: Bloomberg Says Goodbye to Boring Meetings

Originally posted on Ethan McCarty’s Blog

Boring_Meeting_CollaborationWe all know that meetings are essential to collaboration – to check in on progress, discuss next steps or simply to get the team together to regroup. But after a while meetings can get tired and have us all dragging our feet towards the boardroom. So is it time to change your meetings up? Absolutely!

Ethan McCarty, Global Head of Employee Communications at Bloomberg (USA), has seen his fair share of meetings. But, he insists, they don’t have to be boring! Ahead of his session at Enterprise Collaboration Tech Fest, Ethan explains how he meets with his team and some tricks for holding meetings that don’t put your team to sleep.Continue reading

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