Collaboration Begins with You
Everyone knows collaboration creates high performing teams and organizations-and with today's diverse, globalized workforce it's absolutely crucial. Yet it often doesn't happen because people and groups typically believe that the problem is always outside: the other team member, the other department, the other company. Bestselling author Ken Blanchard and his coauthors use Blanchard's signature business parable style to show that, in fact, if collaboration is to succeed it must begin with you.
This book teaches people at all levels-from new associates to top executives-that it's up to each of us to help promote and preserve a winning culture of collaboration. The authors show that busting silos and bringing people together is an inside-out process that involves the heart (your character and intentions), the head (your beliefs and attitudes), and the hands (your actions and behaviors). Working with this three-part approach, Collaboration Begins with You helps readers develop a collaborative culture that uses differences to spur contribution and creativity; provides a safe and trusting environment; involves everyone in creating a clear sense of purpose, values, and goals; encourages people to share information; and turns everyone into an empowered self-leader.
None of us is as smart as all of us. When people recognize their own erroneous beliefs regarding collaboration and work to change them, silos are broken down, failures are turned into successes, and breakthrough results are achieved at every level.
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Ken Blanchard is chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the author or coauthor of more than sixty books, including The New One Minute Manager®. His books have combined sales of more than 20 million copies in forty-two languages.
Jane Ripley is a cofounder of Wired Leaders (www.wiredleaders.com). She has served as a board director for three companies and was an officer in the British Army. She has spent the last five years doing research on the topic of collaboration.
Eunice Parisi-Carew is a cofounder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, where she is a senior consultant. She is the coauthor of three bestselling books: The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams, High Five!, and Leading at a Higher Level.
Part I: A Journey To Collaboration
1 A Troubling Conversation
2 A Well Timed Visitor
3 A Sensible Start
4 Utilize Differences
5 Nurture Safety and Trust
6 Involve Others in Crafting a Clear Purpose, Values, and Goals
7 A Step Backward
8 Talk Openly
9 A Bit of a Breakthrough
10 Empower Yourself and Others
11 Collaboration at Work: A Real World Example
12 Getting Things Done
13 A Turnaround--and a Plan
14 Three Months Later
Part II: Tools and Resources to Create Collaboration
Self Assessment: How Collaborative Do You Think You Are?
Collaboration: Best Practices
About the Authors
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