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Collaborative work and coordinated team effort are essential elements of business success, but how do you make it all happen? A book in HBR’s management series, Harvard Business Review on Collaborating Effectively (Harvard Business Review Press/available now), offers some pragmatic, highly adaptable collaboration tricks that can help jumpstart your efforts to play well with others — and to get them to play well with each other. In the book, contributors Lynda Gratton and Tamara J. Erickson go beyond the usual ponderous theory and consultant-speak to reveal relatively simple best practices that managers, team leaders and line workers can initiate in order to establish an atmosphere of exchange. Gratton is a professor of management practice at the London Business School. Erickson is an author, speaker, and trainer specializing in organizations and the changing workforce. They combined to conduct research with 15 multinational companies to come up with these suggestions. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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