COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE TO SUPPORT COLLABORATION
The Hot Spots Movement has being running bespoke jams – or FoWlabs – for our clients for some time now. Jams are typically three-day, guided online conversations focused on exploring a set of key themes. They create an opportunity for up to 5,000 members of an organisation to connect to each other across divisions, functions, countries and seniority.
One of the insights that frequently emerges from the jam process is the need to develop effective virtual teams and for virtual teams to get support to fulfil their mission. Team members specifically need support in how to coordinate work, build trust and stay connected. This necessitates a culture of collaboration, which in turn involves changing many deeply engrained people and organisational practices. Our jams also reveal that more than half of those joining the jam believe the current culture does not encourage such collaboration. To that effect, we’ve developed a collaboration support platform with the building of a community of practice as the focal point. This graphic illustration shows some of the core activities and a typical sequence.
The duration can be anything from a couple of months to a year, and it’s a highly customisable platform as no two organisations are the same.
WHO IS IN OUR NETWORK?
Lynda is recently back from speaking at the Nordic Business Forum - a high-profile event that attracts an impressive range of delegates and speakers. One of the most interesting speakers at this year’s event was Malcolm Gladwell, who was there to about the power of individuals or companies that can bring inventions together and how their ability to do this can put them in a stronger position than those who come up with innovations first.
Best known for his worldwide best-seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm is a journalist and the author of five books, in including Blink and Outliers and in 2005, was named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People. Always intellectually provocative, Malcolm is known for taking a controversial stance when it comes to issues such as performance - as he did at the Nordic Business Forum with his assertion that being first to the table with innovation doesn't always pay. As well as being a captivating speaker, Malcolm's strength lies in locating engaging stories, business ideas and scientific research that overlap – allowing him to illustrate his ideas and bring them to life through storytelling. This storytelling element is another reason our team loves reading his books – we’re looking forward to reading his latest work, David and Goliath as soon as we can get our hands on a copy.
You can see the full list of his books here.