Collaboration Must Guide Companies

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In today’s business concept, there is one very clear thing and that is what worked yesterday does not serve today. Especially when we are in a volatile market where there is a compelling need for rapid reconfiguration.

The time for change has arrived. Therefore, the division of labor must be relegated to the dark side. It is true that specialization is necessary. But the urgent need for collaboration exists so that the addition of individuality triumphs.

It is not just a question of collective productivity, but also the fact that employees are conscientious of what they are doing and for what purpose their work serves. Ensuring that all members of the company know their act of faith, so that all of their actions are aimed at getting the best possible results, leaving autonomy in their attainment in order to elevate their motivation. Terms such as collective intelligence take a key role in counteracting the uncertainty that may surround decision making.

Enterprise Social Networks can be the ideal excuse to promote communication and in turn collective learning to constantly improve, endowing a social dimension to it.

But these new organizational units encountered in knowledge-based companies are still vital in some cases to facilitate production, playing a key role in parallel processing where the same formal organizations emerge and grow a collaborative community that transforms previous organizational culture .

Hence, the collaboration formula with more formal structure must last in order to guarantee the productive continuity, as well as the organizational order. Using historical learning in actions executed so that the entire organization learns and finally commencement to new ways of performing tasks can begin.

The resulting equation is: Formal Structure + Collaborative Community = Facilitate decision-making

This is to allow and guarantee flexibility in work teams.  To be able to establish quantitative indicators, measurable objectives where valuing the organization of the production unit. Achieving the new business model, the agile business of the 21st century.

Rafael García (@rafagparrado) works as a consultant at Índize and has his own blog, which at Zyncro we highly recommend: La Factoría Humana.

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