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From collaboration grows opportunity

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From collaboration grows opportunity

When it comes to creating the businesses of the future, collaboration is key to building an inspired and innovative team that can grasp opportunities as they emerge.

Perceived cultural barriers are the biggest challenge to this collaboration says Gwilym Funnel, Senior Vice President, Telstra Software Group.

“In order to innovate, we need to make sure that we’re breaking down any silos or barriers that might prevent people from collaborating,” says Funnel. “It’s really important that people feel inspired to collaborate, to be able to trust that they can share their ideas, to be absolutely engaged.”

A strong advocate of cultural change, Funnel says more agile ways of working mean that cooperative partnerships can be realised. “If everybody is in a much more mixed social environment, then people feel that they can offer up suggestions.”

“It’s really important that people feel inspired to collaborate, to be able to trust that they can share their ideas, to be absolutely engaged.”

– Gwilym Funnel, Senior Vice President, Telstra Software Group

[transcript]

In order to innovate, we need to make sure that we’re breaking down any silos or barriers that might prevent people from collaborating.

Collaboration is really two people coming together, or two or more people coming together and achieving something that they couldn’t have achieved by themselves.

Collaboration isn’t something that you measure through time and motion studies. It’s not a process to say go collaborate. So it’s really important that people feel inspired to collaborate.

So first of all they need to be able to trust that they can share the idea, but then they need to be absolutely inspired and engaged as employees to, to share the ideas.

How do you encourage people to share ideas, how do you get them past the, the perceived barriers in an organisation is really through demonstration of your cultural values.

It is about creating, you know trusted spaces where people are working together, where people are bumping into each other and so you don’t have this perceived it’s a different floor barrier.

It’s a safe environment and they can offer any idea, because any idea could be the good idea that the company needs.

If everybody is a much more mixed social environment, then people feel that they can offer up suggestions.

Once we understand that, we can say what are the technology and the space that we can put behind that that will help support and imbed that change?

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