Communication is very important, but true collaboration requires more than just sharing information or a chat. It requires a deep integration of assumptions, processes and objectives.
This integration can only be achieved through formal operational models, Think on resources you provide in other areas. You provide a budget and also set rules for using it. You provide safety equipment, but also the safety standards and norms.
Only in collaboration do we keep providing more and more tools and resources, without also providing rules for operating it. The result... Chaos!
Once we understand it, we realize it is not hard to manage.
The Collaboration System is made up of four major elements:
True Collaboration happens when the elements of the system work in full alignment. That is the end-result of InZynch™.
This is not collaboration, but it has led to what an HBR study calls "Collaborative Overload". Read the article HERE.
The excessive focus on tools has also failed to deliver on its promise of productivity. Read about The Solow Paradox HERE.
Only by going BEYOND information, and into True Collaboration will we reach the next level of performance - In person or remotely.