Is enterprise collaboration an oxymoron? – Be the Voice podcast

by David Spark on August 16, 2008

Episode two of the “Be the Voice” podcast stars enterprise collaboration consultant, Oliver Marks.

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Oliver Marks, photo by Brian SolisHere are some of the highlights from my interview with Oliver Marks:

  • it’s sometimes an oxymoron to have collaboration in a large organization because they often set up competition among groups in an effort to drive innovation.
  • Collaboration in enterprises is difficult because as Marks explains, “In large companies a lot of people basically don’t like each other and they’re competing. You have to overcome all of that.”
  • You need to create an open editorial environment. One for internal communications and external communications. What do you expose and what do you protect?
  • The power of many people collaborating has a greater impact than just an individual telling his or her experiences.
  • Marks is marketing towards C-level people, but he realizes C-level people aren’t reading blogs.” To which I argue back, “But the people they trust are.”
  • “So many collaboration projects die because they grow out of mid-level or even grass roots people. And they don’t get the funding, they don’t get the credibility in the organization, and there’s no coherent strategy or organization around them,” Marks explained.

Read the entire article and listen to my interview with Oliver Marks [25:49m].

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Is Enterprise Collaboration an Oxymoron? Oliver Marks on the Be the Voice podcast

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