"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.
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
Twenty titles advance to the Booklife Prize Non-Fiction Semifinals. Reimagining Collaboration is one of them.