The focus on collaboration in large organisations remains as trendy now as it was 10 years ago. By that measure at least, it has become one of the longer standing “fads” to come out in the last few decades. This wouldn’t have happened unless there was something to it.
Collaboration has the potential to unlock value by harnessing diversity and innovation, bringing together people with differing views and perspectives, and overcoming groupthink.
But despite these positives, collaboration has a lot to answer for due to its role in slowing decision making processes, diluting accountability structures, and proliferating the amount of time we all spend in meeting rooms.