As the Latin roots com and laborare suggest, Collaboration means to work together. Collaboration is not just about results; it’s very much about the process too. In this day and age, it has become more associated with innovative interactive process with a shared purpose. It’s definitely a sure way to explore our differences and search for solutions that go beyond our own limited vision of what is possible.
How do we build communities without working together? How do we effectively build teams whether for social change or to advance research, technology, and scholarship without harnessing resources for the good of humanity?
My personal journey through the years has taught me one thing. There is a limit to what one can do as an individual. There is more that can be accomplished when people decide to get together and work collaboratively. Distance is no longer a barrier to meeting. If we had any reservations about that, events from the past year and a half have changed our perspective. I have enjoyed many live collaboration sessions on YourKnow, the number one platform for working in a virtual group setting with the aim to co-write and produce a document in real time.
You too can create a group and invite like-minded folks to join your online community. You too can write and publish to the YourKnow library for the good of all. You too can read from YourKnow’s rich depository of E-books and body of diverse literature. You too can make a difference!
Teamwork is always at the center of success in every organization. People should be able to harness their resources in a team environment that is lean, efficient, and effective. Meetings and other collaboration tools are indeed necessary avenues to plan, execute, and achieving optimal productivity. A collaboration or meeting should be quick to organize, short in time, and should not have more people than 2 pizzas can feed.
This has been Jeff Bezos’ team rule since the inception of his business empire. No matter how large an organization grows, it’s important to have smaller teams, ideally 6 and not exceeding 10 people on a team. Central to teamwork are connection and communication, both of which become a nightmare with large numbers. According to J. Richard Hackman, an organizational psychologist and expert on team dynamics, the main problem is with the number of links between people as teams become bigger. His formula
n(n-1)/2 where n=number of people
In a team of 6, the number of links between them is 15 — 6(6-1)/2
In a team of 12, the number of links jumps to 66 – 12(12-1)/2
In a team of 15, the number of links is a whopping 105 – 15(15-1)/2
As organizations endeavor to leverage and make good use of their employees’ time, skills and talents, YourKnow is one great platform for hosting real-time live collaborations and meetings. YourKnow is the place where you can be efficient with your meetings especially given the barrage of meetings people attend these days.