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September 13 , 2008


How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results


In Collaboration, author Morten Hansen takes aim at what many leaders inherently know: in today's competitive environment, companywide collaboration is an imperative for successful strategy execution, yet the sought-after synergies are rarely, if ever, realized. In fact, most cross-unit collaborative efforts end up wasting time, money, and resources. How can managers avoid the costly traps of collaboration and instead start getting the results they need?
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In this book, Hansen shows managers how to get collaboration right through "disciplined collaboration" – a practical framework and set of tools managers can use to:

· Assess when – and when not – to pursue collaboration across units to achieve goals

· Identify and overcome the four barriers to collaboration

· Get people to buy into the larger picture, even when they own only a small piece of it

· Be a "T-Shaped Manager," collaborating across divisions while still working deeply in your own unit

· Create networks across the organization that are not large, but nimble and effective

Based on the author's long-running research, in-depth case studies, and company interviews, Collaboration delivers practical advice and tools to help your organization collaborate – for real results.
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