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Academic Search Engine Knobull Helps Build A Collaborative Culture
Engagement is the bedrock of collaboration. People build connections by doing things together. Engaged employees and students are excited, enthusiastic, and involved not only in their direct responsibilities but in the success and direction of the entire company.
Technology can be collaborative engagement's new best friend. Select tools that will improve collaboration--
Find a mentor and make mentoring part of individual growth. Encourage colleagues to come into the office on the same days. Help team members understand where they fit into the organization and their work contributes tactically and strategically.
If a person's career goal is to develop into a general manager, to learn other aspects of the business, to progress into broader responsibilities or different types of projects, they can't do that without getting to know co-workers, processes, and customers first hand.
Collaborative cultures succeed when each employee, generalist or specialist, has some opportunity every day to do what they do best-- and each employee recognizes the responsibility to work with other teams toward common goals. Individuals have to be the ones to create the interfaces.
In a collaborative culture, meetings are conducted (in person or virtually) for the purpose of open and honest dialogue. Participants commit to actively considering all points of view and then supporting the decision made on the information shared--whether it was their desired outcome or not. Tools like the Knobull message board can facilitate this process. Every person in the organization impacts cultural collaboration.
Bentley concluded, "Where are your culture-building skills the strongest? Your forte may be during growth spurts so intense that associates and systems can't keep up. Or maybe you shine brightest when the collaborative task is to keep spirits up when too many things are going wrong."