Why Do We All Suck at Collaboration

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Collaboration is the keystone of successful innovation. And many teams THINK they have a collaborative culture. They share their work, solicit and incorporate feedback, iterate with team members–all activities we associate with a collaborative work process. And still, many teams struggle to generate truly impactful ideas, or to actually build products from those ideas and deliver something valuable to customers. Despite best intentions, they can’t seem to get to a deep, effective level of collaboration necessary for success. Why is something as basic as working together so difficult? Why do we all seem to suck at collaboration?

Join us as we explore the most common challenges of collaborative work, and discuss simple but powerful ways teams can tackle those challenges together: practical methods you can use to override unhealthy patterns, align on goals, and start designing a culture that nurtures robust collaboration.

Presented at MidwestUX in 2017.

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