Two years ago, I left this blog in standby mode to follow my intuition that the world would need new models for organizations to be more agile and especially collaborative. Today, I am happy to be back to share all my lessons on this passionate topic, that is cross-collaboration.
While the world continues to change, when it comes to cross-collaboration, the pace of change is drastically slow. Our organizations do not seem to be able to respond to current threats. From food security to our pensions schemes, from the protection of nature to the protection of our rights… There is a growing sense of mistrust and fear that affect our everyday lives and our hope for a better future.
If we are all more or less worried, as far as I’m concerned, the last years have also seen me change a lot. I went through an extraordinary development path to affirm my conviction of the solutions to be implemented.
When I experienced cross-collaboration (or horizontal collaboration) in multiple sectors and countries, I found myself stuck in the chaos that occurs when an organization does not give its managers and staff the necessary skills and opportunities to act. I dealt with most of the limitations, challenges and ultimately very lonely struggles that this way of working entails. Breaking the silos (for more fluid communications and efficient processes) without an adequate professional support is detrimental to the well-being of individuals, in the long run. And it has a high cost for organizations – e.g. burn-outs, lack of motivation, mistrust, productivity loss and ultimately failure in reaching organizational goals.
Many organizations around the world have been experimenting cross-collaboration to address today’s challenges. There are many lessons to learn from a range of successful and highly unsuccessful experiences.
From now on, I will be writing regularly again on this blog to share with you my main lessons on how to make horizontal cross-collaboration a sustainable practice for any organisation that wants to seriously tackle the constraints of a world full of surprises.
Follow me as I write about:
- Trust and psychological safety as the foundation for any true performant and cross-collaborative culture
- Habits and routines, and why they act as a roadblock for changes
- Self-serving bias as a hinderer for recognizing the need for change
- Influencing without formal authority
- Mastering healthy conflicts
- The leaderful organization
- And many more topics!