Recently, Harvard Business Review cited some insightful research into team behavior at 15 multinational companies. It found that although these teams tended to be large, virtual, diverse, and composed of highly educated specialists, those same four characteristics made it hard for teams to accomplish their goals. It also showed that complex team members were less likely—absent other influences—to share knowledge freely, learn from one another, shift workloads to break up bottlenecks, or help one another to complete jobs on time or share resources. In other words, to collaborate. The study also looked at teams that exhibited high levels of collaborative behavior. The difference turned out to be in the quality of team leadership.The eight factors that led to such leadership success were:Making highly visible investments in facilities that demonstrate their commitment to collaboration.Demonstrating leadership that models collaborative behavior.Mentoring and coaching, especially informally, in ways that help people build networks across corporate boundaries.Ensuring that collaboration skills have been taught to the team.Building and supporting a strong sense of community.Assigning team leaders that are both task- and relationship-oriented.Building on heritage relationships by putting at least a few people who know one another on the team.Sharply defining team roles and individually assigned tasks.  This observation means project managers must set an environment that nurtures the exploration of open-ended thought and interactive collaboration. To accomplish this, team interactions cannot be just a series of point-in-time activities. The traditional team meeting must be replaced with continuous interaction and relationship building. To directly address this need, Cisco created the Emerge Engineering Team and TeamTV.The Emerge Team works to create innovative technology that accelerates the future of work. Since collaboration will be so essential to success, they created TeamTV as a means of exploring the future of collaboration. This next-generation enterprise video collaborative platform integrates with and

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