Companies are increasingly using enterprise collaboration tools to brainstorm ideas in a secure, recordable fashion, internally and beyond the perimeter of a company’s four walls.Details
Allowing anonymous input puts everyone on the same footing (they all have an equal place at the table). No one knows whether an idea came from the CEO or a secretary. We’ve seen this simple tool really open up discussions beautifully. People are free with their ideas and work hard to bring forward their best thinking on the task at hand.Details
A panel of expert judges selected ThinkTank based on the company’s innovative approach to structured collaboration for the enterprise. Denver, Colorado, September 15, 2014 – ThinkTank announced today that it won the Golden Stevie for Best New Collaboration and Social Networking Software at the 12th annual American Business Awards ceremony in San Francisco. The American…Details
We’ve often talked about the importance of anonymity in collaborative sessions. One of the big challenges in many group interactions, whether they be planning meetings, information gathering sessions, or idea generating discussions, is that the most senior people in the room tend to dominant the thinking of the group.Details
General McChrystal is one of the few people in the world who can truly say, “Been there, done that.” He served in numerous capacities for the US military during his 44 year career, most recently as Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). Since his retirement, he has continued to have a major impact on the health and well-being of the country – and the world – by helping companies and governments develop better leaders and solve difficult problems through his work with the McChrystal Group LLC, an Alexandria, Virginia-based consulting firm.Details
We’re lucky at ThinkTank to work beside, and learn from, many of the world’s best. This post from L. Gary Boomer is focused on the accounting profession, but you can apply the ideas he brings forward to almost any type of company, whether you’re a global manufacturing giant or a small consulting firm.Details
IESE, the graduate business school of the University of Navarra, provides an excellent follow up to the essay by General Stanley McChyrstal about disruption in the consulting business.Details
Austin Frakt is a fascinating guy. In addition to being the creator, co-manager, and a primary author of The Incidental Economist blog (which is mostly about the U.S. health care system and its organization, how it works, how it fails us, and what to do about it), he’s a health economist with an educational background in physics and engineering. Among others, he consults for the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University’s School of Medicine, Boston University’s School of Public Health.Details
Lean Six Sigma is a fascinating topic and I’ve stumbled on this definition that really nailed it for me:
“Lean practitioners believe that waste comes from unnecessary steps in the production process that do not add value to the finished product, while Six Sigma proponents assert that waste results from variation within the process. Of course, there is truth in both of these assessments, which is why both Lean and Six Sigma methodologies have been so successful in improving overall business performance in a variety of fields. In fact, these two disciplines have proven to be especially successful when working in tandem – hence the creation of Lean Six Sigma.”Details
Matt Kapko is an insightful writer on a variety of topics and he’s hit a hot button with his July 22, 2104 article in CIO Magazine about enterprise collaboration.
Of course, one of the many challenges in our business is figuring out what people truly mean when they talk about “digital collaboration” or “enterprise collaboration”. Do they mean the ability to share documents easily and chat with co-workers? Or are they looking for something more sophisticated that provides higher levels of value to the organization?
I stumbled on this short article in Huff Post several months ago and it’s really stuck with me. Writer Karin Volo summarizes three elements that help make – and support the growth of – successful companies today:
- Employees tend to become good friends in amazing companies.
- The new business shift is about supporting and giving back.
- A collaborative business works well — amazing companies know that this mindset exists for the good of everyone.