Everyone knows collaboration creates high performing teams and organizations—and with today’s diverse, globalized workforce it’s absolutely crucial. Yet it often doesn’t happen because people and groups typically believe that the problem is always outside: the other team member, the other department, the other company. Bestselling author Ken Blanchard and his coauthors use Blanchard’s signature business parable style to show that, in fact, if collaboration is to succeed it must begin with you.
This book teaches people at all levels—from new associates to top executives—that it’s up to each of us to help promote and preserve a winning culture of collaboration. The authors show that busting silos and bringing people together is an inside-out process that involves the heart (your character and intentions), the head (your beliefs and attitudes), and the hands (your actions and behaviors). Working with this three-part approach, Collaboration Begins with You helps readers develop a collaborative culture that uses differences to spur contribution and creativity; provides a safe and trusting environment; involves everyone in creating a clear sense of purpose, values, and goals; encourages people to share information; and turns everyone into an empowered self-leader.
None of us is as smart as all of us. When people recognize their own erroneous beliefs regarding collaboration and work to change them, silos are broken down, failures are turned into successes, and breakthrough results are achieved at every level.
About the Author
Ken Blanchard is chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the author or coauthor of more than sixty books, including The New One Minute Manager®. His books have combined sales of more than 20 million copies in forty-two languages. Jane Ripley is a cofounder of Wired Leaders (www.wiredleaders.com). She has served as a board director for three companies and was an officer in the British Army. She has spent the last five years doing research on the topic of collaboration. Eunice Parisi-Carew is a cofounder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, where she is a senior consultant. She is the coauthor of three bestselling books: The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams, High Five!, and Leading at a Higher Level.
“Collaboration Begins with You provides a simple, memorable, and—most important of all—actionable model for destroying the barriers that prevent organizations from getting things done.” —Patrick Lencioni, President, The Table Group, and author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage “Creating a safe and trusting environment as a collaborator is the core of success—removing fear and taking people to a place of freedom. You will find the steps to success in Collaboration Begins with You! —Garry Ridge, President and CEO, WD-40 Company, and coauthor of Helping People Win at Work “Collaboration Begins with You strips down the fluff and gets to the essence of how any organization can create a collaborative mindset for the greater good.” —Jesse Lyn Stoner, founder, Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership, and coauthor of Full Steam Ahead!