The Collaboration Culture Change Blog

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

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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The Executive Weekly Report with Hundreds of Contributors

The Situation

Soon after the merger that doubled our company’s size in 2012, the Senior Vice President of Power Generation Operations informed his Regional Vice Presidents that he needed a “Weekly Report” by Sunday morning each week so that he could in turn, compile and present...

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Risk Management – Quick Organization of Randomly-Kept Data

The Situation

The company had been hit with a couple of untimely negative news stories in national, state, and local news. One was the result of a serious environmental event due to a pipe failure. Executive management conducted a risk assessment to identify potential future disasters having low...

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Compiling Shirt Sizes - How A Small, Quick Solution Saved Administrative Assistants Hours of Work

The Situation

While on a large conference call, a general manager asked several dozen employees to email their shirt sizes to his administrative assistant because the organization was going to buy polo shirts for employees on a special occasion.

Being one of the employees on the call I realized...

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LOTO Requests - Standardizing for Safety and Efficiency

The Situation

In 2005, employees at our largest coal power plant (and the third largest in the country) used various, inconsistent means to request “Lockout Tagout” before working on equipment. “Lockout Tagout” is a process by which mechanics, electricians, and other...

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High Risk Activities Approval - Ensuring Safety and Environmental Stewardship with No More Public Relations Incidents

The Situation

Due to very negative publicity resulting from an environmental issue in early 2014, the company began an effort to increase oversight of all activities having any risk of environmental consequences. It was decided that all such activities first be reviewed and approved by a team...

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Technical Assistance Facilitation - Matching Experts with Needs Across a Large Organization

The Situation

After the 2012 merger, and with a workforce of more than 5,000 employees in just the fossil-hydro generation section, the fossil-hydro organization was struggling to match those with technical needs and issues with the people responsible for high-level technical decisions and...

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Work Management Barrier Resolution - Radically Reducing Time Spent Tracking Improvement Progress

The Situation

One large generating station conducted a regular weekly meeting in which recent barriers to efficient maintenance work were discussed and actions planned to eliminate such barriers in future work.

These barriers were such things as mechanics getting the wrong parts due to incorrect...

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