Collaborating Is a Waste of Time If It Falls Into These 4 Traps


Groupthink and lack of diversity are key elements why collaboration and brainstorming fail. Groupthink is powerful. Where only those who are persuasive to an idea are included. In groups conformity not true diversity of opinion is prized more.

Collaboration is a hot topic these days. With the rise of distributed workforces, the pressing need to get the most out of limited resources and the potential opportunities that mobile, social and cloud technologies bring to bear, companies spend a lot of time promoting collaboration as a way to be more efficient.

Unfortunately, in their search to turn collaboration into a time-saving tool, many organizations have failed to realize the full benefits of enterprise collaboration. Instead they have promoted collaboration tactics that waste employees’ time.

Here are a few examples of collaboration gone awry:

1. Losing the individual. With the intense focus granted to collaboration, many companies are losing site of the value of individuals. […]



Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website

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