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Activate Networks to Enable Collaboration

Use this resource to train managers on how they can activate their employees' networks to enable collaboration.

  • Often when we think of the way that work gets done in the organization, we think of the hierarchy instead of the networks.
  • The root causes of poor collaboration are difficult to assess, and it can be challenging to get buy-in from leaders to adjust siloed behaviors.
  • Traditionally, leaders are seen as the main conduit of knowledge, and this enables a certain level of power that some may be reluctant to relinquish.

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Critical Insight

  • In today’s environment of so much change and information, leaders cannot be the experts in everything – they must act as people connectors, rather than data filters.
  • Collaboration is a means to an end, its not an end in and of itself. It is a process in which teams come together as partners to work on a common goal and create value.
  • Both networks and hierarchy exist in organizations, but while hierarchy represents a formal structure, networks are developed by employees without guidance. These informal networks have a huge impact on where and how most work gets done and are vital in today’s VUCA environment.

Impact and Result

  • Help leaders understand what network activation looks like and its connection with cross-functional collaboration.
  • Provide leaders with methods for uncovering hidden expertise and connecting employees who would benefit from connecting with one another.
  • Identify the behaviors that are necessary to activate networks, reduce silos, and improve collaboration.

Activate Networks to Enable Collaboration Research & Tools

1. Activate networks to enable collaboration

Use this resource to train managers on how they can activate their employees' networks to enable collaboration.

2. Launch LMS training

This interactive eLearning module explains network activation, allowing managers to connect employees who can share knowledge and experience.

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  • Call #1 - Use this manager training deck to train managers on how they can activate their employees' networks to enable collaboration.