The Collaboration Culture Change Blog

Jam-packed with actionable ideas for eliminating email overload and information chaos in your organization and personal work life.

Executive Optimization Case Study: Aggregated Action Items

The Situation

A Regional VP voiced frustration about having a difficult time finding details of an action item she knew she had been assigned. She was on multiple committees and each committee tracked assignments differently, leading to a lot of confusion and waste for her and her peers.

One...

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Executive Optimization Case Study: Upward Reporting

The Situation

The most inefficient time spent by one Senior Vice President each week – and his most dreaded – was spending up to four hours every Sunday afternoon building his weekly report for the COO. He had a face-to-face meeting with the COO each Monday morning at which he...

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Why Most Leaders Don’t Act to Reduce Collaborative Waste

Optimization means leveraging the highest and best use of a limited resource. The highest and best use of your management staff’s time (a limited resource), is NOT managing internal email, searching for information, or attending meetings.

The highest and best use of your management...

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Acres of Diamonds: How Leaders are Overlooking Riches Under Their Noses

Civil War soldier Russell Conwell was asked to give a speech to the 10-year reunion of his unit. He gave the famous “Acres of Diamonds” speech, which he then turned into the well-known classic book by the same name.

Acres of Diamonds is a reference to the farm owned by Lamar, a young...

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Do Your Employees Check Their Efficiency at the Office Door Every Morning?

Left to their own devices, people naturally avoid practices that are high energy and low reward if there are better options available.

People ditched walking for horses. Then, they ditched horses for cars. After that, they even ditched cars if Uber made more sense for their specific...

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A Quick SharePoint Win for Managers

I’ve written in theory for years about how managers should leverage SharePoint for streamlining collaboration. In case you’re still not convinced to act, I’ve got a shining example of a quick win you can try on your own.

I recently met with a client that had multiple document...

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Team Chats to have "Urgent" Feature

Microsoft just announced they are adding an “urgent” function to Team Chat during June and July. Since early adopting organizations are encouraging migration from the more manual, and less transparent, email and voicemail messages, this will be a great feature…so long as your...

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Front Porch Discussions and Common Sense

The best discussions happen on front porches, not in offices. Last night, a friend and I were sitting on the front porch and he asked me to tell him what I do. I explained, and then he just shook his head.

“Email is nuts! I go into work and see all the stupid stuff that gets sent my way and...

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Why Implementing Microsoft Teams is an Absolute No-Brainer

You’ve heard of Microsoft Teams by now, but you’re probably cringing about yet another application to learn. Worse yet, you’re likely thinking it’s another application to unnecessarily distract your employees.

I’m going to tell you why you’re very wrong if you...

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How to Implement Microsoft Teams in a Two-Hour Staff Meeting

This is a boring, but necessary article. It describes how to implement Teams during a two-hour staff meeting. If you’re looking for inspiration on why to implement Teams, look at this post or this post. But, since somebody’s got to discuss the agenda and tactics for the...

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