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Thinking Together is the Ultimate Core Competency

  In nearly every sector you’ll find two organizations that started at about the same time, with about the same resources. One of them is prospering while the other is languishing. Or, one remains in business while the other has gone out of business. While there may be lots of specific reasons why this is the case, at the end of the day they […]

Collaborative Innovation Enables Superior Ideas

Two heads (or organizations) are better than one. That’s the lesson to be learned from an innovation method variously referred to as “collaborative innovation” or “open innovation.” Consider the following examples from the lodging industry: Courtyard by Marriott executives worked with Microsoft and Four Winds Interactive to develop the GoBoard™, a 57-inch interactive LCD touch […]

Employee Idea Systems Enable Innovation

  Employee idea systems are moving from the factory floor to the front desk.  Originally perfected by Toyota—whose employees generate one million implementable ideas per year—employee idea systems are gradually being adopted by the lodging industry. Consider a few examples: Following the installation of a employee idea system, a Clarion Hotel in Sweden implemented nearly 35,000 […]

Dialogue Mapping Aids Collaborative Conversations

This post is about a meeting method called dialogue mapping and a collaboration technology that supports it. Dialogue mapping is the outgrowth of Issue-Based Information Systems (IBIS), an idea first proposed in 1970 by Horst Rittel, an urban planner and designer. Rittel’s idea was to design an information system that supports group problem solving. He was especially interested […]

Collaboration Requires Shared Space

Michael Schrage is a Research Fellow at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business and the author of No More Teams! : Mastering the Dynamics of Creative Collaboration. The major theme of his book is that collaborative thinking requires a space—be it a napkin, flip chart, whiteboard, or some other medium—where the collaborators are […]