"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by ignorance."
Over the past five years, organizations adopted Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams in droves. Think of COVID-19 as pouring gasoline on the fire. The pandemic didn't start a trend as much as it accelerated an existing one.
Unfortunately, far too many of us mistakenly view these applications as Email 2.0. As a result, we are missing out on extraordinary opportunities to create more collaborative work environments, increase organizational transparency, reduce manual work, make our work lives less stressful, simplify core business processes, and much more.
Blame ignorance, not malice. We have lacked a holistic framework to understand the remarkable power of new collaboration technologies, much less unleash them. At least until now.
In Reimagining Collaboration, award-winning author and recognized technology expert Phil Simon provides this essential framework. He advances a new, bold, and holistic model of work—one based upon hubs and spokes. No theoretical text, Simon offers concrete tips for companies and groups on how to transform the way they work.
Plot: This is a necessary book written at exactly the right time. It may be used as a manual for those who are wanting to add a more collaborative aspect to their teams, and who are considering moving to having a larger amount of their workforce working remotely.
Prose/Style: Readers will revel in Simon's prose. It is obvious he has experience as a professor, as it reads like an interesting college class. He peppers in anecdotes, humor, graphs, and images to get the concepts across, which really make this easily digestible.
Originality: Simon’s book features an original and highly relevant topic. The author cogently challenges notions that have been held for decades and invites readers to rethink their own assumptions of best practices.
Character Development/Execution: Structurally, this work unfolds intuitively, from an introduction regarding how work looked pre-COVID, then moving into the immediate changes that took place, then exploring potential models for “moving forward."
Date Submitted: October 01, 2021
Idea: In today's pandemic society which is overflowing with companies and individuals working remotely, Reimagining Collaboration fulfills an important need. The author provides companies with a well-crafted guide to using current technology to successfully and effectively collaborate with employees and clients.
Prose/Style: The structure of the book is tight, providing readers with an introduction to effective collaboration and the breakdown of the tools necessary to accomplish this. The author's extensive experience in this area is clear and he presents technical information in a manner that is understandable, efficient, and inviting.
Originality: While some books on technology can come across as dry, this book does not. Although the intended readers are business owners and corporations, even a sole entrepreneur tasked with collaborating with freelancers or clients can benefit from the compelling premise and timely content.
Character Development/Execution: This book is a perfect handbook for anyone who has to work with teammates on a job or project.
Date Submitted: January 18, 2021
I’m pleased to announce that Reimagining Collaboration has won a 2021 International Book Award in the Business: Communications / Public Relations category. In addition, the committee selected the book as one of seven finalists in the Business: General category.
Twenty titles advance to the Booklife Prize Non-Fiction Semifinals. Reimagining Collaboration is one of them.