How do you know if silos exist in your company?

Silos exist in most larger groups. There is no way denying that. Sometimes these are beneficial, but most often than not, they hinder innovation, result in duplicated processes and just slow down decision-making. There are some signs that silos exist in your team: * The same processes are implemented in different teams in the companies.*…

5 reasons for seeking information

Many people cringe when they hear the word networking. Net-work-ing. Let it sink in. Do you get that picture of business cards in your pocket, drink in your sweaty hand, and a feeling on anguish or disgust on your face while looking at other people happily talking with each other, apparently engaged in meaningful conversations….

How does information flow in your company?

Organizational charts are common in companies. They depict the reporting relationships and should accurately represent who is talking with whom, who is in the know of everything, and who are the people at the periphery of the organization. However, often the real communication network is different to the organizational chart. Knowing how information really flows…

Getting your expertise recognized in (virtual) teams

Sometimes ideas are not picked up by team members or questions get directed to the wrong person. If this is the case, your team might have a problem recognizing each others expertise. This article uses research evidence to explain what cues people are using to form ideas about each others expertise, and includes  a couple…

Building and Maintaining Information Highways

As our jobs are getting increasingly specialized, the importance of information exchange is increasing. Collaboration is important and will become even more important. Tasks require the expertise of several people, and the final product can only be exceptionally great, if all team members who worked on the task collaborated. Collaboration requires information exchange. Information exchange is about asking…

How do emergency care teams create knowledge ?

We all have some idea of how interaction in the hospital happens. The doctor gives commands to nurses who report back vital signs and the medical history of the patient. The doctor thinks, gives orders, and finally shouts out the diagnoses. Or maybe you envision the doctor to be young and inexperienced and a nurse taking the…

Why does nobody talk with you ?

Team’s are omnipresent in organizations. They are today’s foundation for getting work done. At the time of writing this post, a team of stewardesses, pilots, and air traffic controllers make sure that I’m getting safely and well feed to AERA. For teams it is important that they master their task. The team I’m currently observing…