If you’re a project manager, or even just someone who works on projects, you know the feeling…things are at a stand-still, teams (which, incidentally, are made of people) just can’t work together well, and you’re constantly reminding yourself: “I don’t need the money this bad.”
Almost no one works alone. If you work for a company, chances are you are on a team of some sort. Chances are you are required to work with others.
So then, success is often driven by organizational culture. Good culture fosters creative productivity. Negative or non-existent culture can be a huge barrier.
Adam Connor is an experience design director at Mad*Pow, an agency with offices in Boston, Portsmouth NH and Louisville. At WebVisions Chicago, he’ll explore the future of collaboration in “Working Better Together: Characteristics of Productive, Creative Organizations.”
In most organizations, he says, teams are assembled from across the company, filled with people with various skills charged with multiple responsibilities. Companies buy tools and platforms, and pay a ton of money on training, all with the goal of making projects run smoother. Yet, he says, things still go wrong.
“Rarely do we step back and look at the realities that make for good collaboration and the real obstacles getting in our way.”
In his talk, Adam will discuss commonly overlooked challenges and solutions for collaboration. And he’ll explore how the characteristics of an organization’s culture are often what sometimes prevent true, creative productivity.
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