Sustained Collaboration

Chris Teague - 3 mins

What's it for: Developing the skills to enable collaboration.

Who's it for: Leaders who wish to create a culture of collaboration.


"Ask any leader whether his or her organisation values collaboration, and you'll get a resounding yes. Ask whether the firm's strategies to increase collaboration have been successful, and you'll probably receive a different answer".

Cracking the Code of Sustained Collaboration. By Francesca Gino

A culture of collaboration is desired by most if not all businesses today. Workspaces are designed to encourage it. Posters advertise it as a way of working. Yet, in all too many companies, these efforts fall short and fail to create a culture of sustainable collaboration.

This months' HBR highlights the fact that organisations overlook the fact that collaboration requires specific skills and not just a set of values or the right space.

Following the example of Pixar amongst other companies, Francesca Gino reveals that organisations need to teach people how to listen to one another genuinely; to approach discussions with empathy, not opinions; to become comfortable with feedback; to lead and follow; to speak with clarity and avoid abstractions, and to have win-win interactions.

Read the article

Cracking the Code of Sustained Collaboration By Francesca Gino Harvard Business Review, November–December 2019 Issue