An interesting article by Holger Nauheimer about the role virtual collaboration plays in the change process. This is especially relevant today since virtual collaboration - people working together without face to face interaction - is a rapidly growing trend and one which our Isoma platform supports and encourages.
As Holger states: "Collaboration is a question of trust and loyalties, and these ties don’t often follow official organizational structures". Indeed we would argue that organizational structures are all too often the main barriers to change so employees, if they are encouraged to innovate, need to find ways to engage with anyone relevant to their idea, irrespective of their rank, location or reporting structure. That is the prime reason why virtual collaboration is so necessary and with our organisations becoming so much more distributed, a key driver of its popularity.
Everybody needs to become an innovator. Widen the circle of involvement as much as possible and get people to buy in. Identify or create containers where new thinking emerges and smart systems can multiply.