Recently, we reached out to the author of an insightful new collaboration book - Creative Conspiracy: The Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration. The author, Professor Leigh Thompson, is the the J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Her work has been referenced by NBC News, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and many others.
Creative Conspiracy provides groundbreaking insight into the world of creative collaboration. In her book, she dispels many commonly held beliefs about creative teams. According to Dr. Thompson, collaboration that is planned and focused on creating new ideas produces excitement and builds a “creative conspiracy” within your team.
Professor Thompson was kind enough to share a few excerpts from her book. Check out this sneak peek into breakthrough collaboration.
Everyone loves a winner and well, we here at Teambox are no different! We were so jazzed to get the notification this week that we won a Best in Biz Awards Silver Award in the Small/Medium Size Business category for Product of the Year.
What’s even more gratifying is that the Best In Biz awards are the only independent business awards judged by members of the press and industry analysts, so a very objective bunch.
Mention Gantt Charts to your team and you may get a mixed response. Some people love them, espouse their virtues, and revel in the level of organization and accountability they can provide.
Their eyes shine with excitement as they envision the entire life of a project depicted before them in living color. Lists of tasks and resources clearly defined and ordered. Everything at their fingertips! Oh happy days!
Others’ eyes glaze over whilst their minds flash-back to memories of tangled webs of interrelated tasks, lines and diamond shapes, a kaleidoscope of colors clashing.
Entire conference rooms redecorated, their walls papered in bar-like graphs from floor to ceiling. And in extreme cases, floor and ceiling too. So which is it for you?
Gantt Charts: Aid Extraordinaire to Effective Team Collaboration or Gantt Charts: The Horror!?
USER SPOTLIGHT: We recently had a chat with one of our customers – Pyrrhic Studios – to learn more how they utilize Teambox.
Last month, we interviewed the team at Pyrrhic Studios on how they are utilizing our project management software in an industry (mobile app development) with a lot of moving pieces.
Pyrrhic Studios is a startup video game developer focused on mobile apps. Their development team is based out of three different countries, with the closest team members living over 1000 miles from each other. Their biggest challenge – managing their virtual team who are spread across the globe.
Check out their story.
We’ve been nominated. The 2013 Silicon Valley Business App Awards (SVBA Awards) are coming up (November 13th) and Teambox is excited about being recognized, along with some other amazing applications, for our productivity app.
The SVBA Awards was created to recognize leading app developers. More importantly, this event is also a platform for assisting the developer community improve their innovations by highlighting new strategies and best practices.
The awards are given for both individual and collective efforts, selected by an eminent Jury comprising leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.
What’s the number next to your email inbox icon? 100, 1000, 1500, more? Can you find the email you need for that big client project? Are you collaborating on a project and utilizing email to communicate?
Stop! It is just not a good way to collaborate. Conversations get lost. Things get missed.
Now that the dust has settled (sort of), we thought we would share some thoughts on how to look at the loss of productivity (and dollars) because the “offices” were closed, the lights were out and the doors were locked. And, no one was answering the phones.
$24,000,000,000+ out the door and lost…That is the most recent estimate (according to Standard & Poor) of how much our country will lose because of the government shutdown.
I’m guessing that this number doesn’t even account for the loss of wages, loss of travel spending, loss of productivity, etc.
So, what can we learn? What can we do to take this opportunity to think differently when political stalemates occur, communication stops and the government shuts down?
There is no need to lounge around and waste money!
We’ve got fantastic news today and are excited to share it with all of you whether you’re a customer, partner or just interested in ‘working smarter’ with Teambox. We are thrilled to announce that we have closed a $5 million Series A round of financing, which was led by Avalon Ventures, and Data Collective Fund, a previous investor who “re-upped” as the saying goes.
We also completed our “flip” from Spain to the US, incorporating in Delaware. We will still build and develop our product in Spain, where we have a great team, but our company HQ is now located in Redwood City, closer to our strategic partners and investors.
It has been an amazing two years for Teambox. Not many companies can claim 1,273% revenue growth over a two year period! We have also seen a huge increase in user activity, which is up more than 650% since January 2012 and our consistently rabid fan base sports an average of 30.59 comments per user inside of Teambox!
“This was no time for play.
This was no time for fun.
This was no time for games.
There was work to be done.”
From Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back”
Is your team feeling a bit like Sallie and her brother shoveling mountains of snow with no end in sight? Maybe so. Are they chugging along? That’s good.
Maybe the team needs to get to know one another better. Maybe an issue arose that needs to be highlighted and resolved in a clever manner. You may say ‘ok’ but what do you do? Be the Cat! But, instead of unleashing “Little Cats A-Z,” you should pull out a timely and appropriate team building activity.
“Many hands make light work.” English proverb circa 1300s
The origins of this proverb are somewhat muddy, but the American Heritage Dictionary indicates it first appeared in the early 1300s.
Just think… what did working together in the 14th century look like? It was necessary for survival. To simply exist - to have food, shelter, clothing was made easier through collaboration.
What does collaboration look like now? Certainly societies continue to collaborate for survival, but we do so now in different ways and it’s not just for survival. There are far more people working together from far greater distances. The web has played a major role in changing how we work together. Wonder what’s going on now in the 21st century?