Culture & Competency

Messaging News for November/December 2007 is out …

The November/December 2007 edition of Messaging News is on the Web. My article in this edition is entitled The Four Habits of an Effective Collaborative Individual:

“Collaboration” denotes a group of people working together towards a mutually desired outcome. It is an accepted concept to describe organizational reality—people must work together to achieve things that stick and must be embraced by either an internal culture or a set of customers. “No man is an island,” wrote John Donne in the early 17th century. This truth remains unchanged 400 years later, even though we increasingly work on different islands, geopolitical soil, and even continents. Collaboration is more than an abstract need of organizations; it’s the daily practice of many an individual. As such, we must contemplate what it means for us to be effective as collaborative individuals. In his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey argues that effective people share common life habits. If true, it makes sense to conclude that people, who are effective at collaboration, likewise have mastered and practice similar habits.

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