Podcast Remote Work

Beyond Collaboration Overload – with Rob Cross and Dan Keldsen



Welcome to Next Future today with your host, Dan Keldsen.

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This is Season 1, Episode 3, and today’s episode is an episode for all of you who are caught in an onslaught of collaboration situations of all sizes that as much as you may love the general idea of collaboration, could well be doing more damage to you and your organization than it’s helping.

Today’s guest is Rob Cross, who for more than 20 years, has studied the underlying networks of effective organizations and the collaborative practices of high performers.

Working with more than 300 organizations and reaching thousands of leaders from the front line to the C-suite, he has identified specific ways to cultivate vibrant, effective networks at all levels of an organization and any career stage.

Through research and writing, speaking and consulting, and courses and tools, Rob’s network strategies are transforming the way people lead, work and live in a hyper-connected world.

He has written over 50 articles for Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Executive and Organizational Dynamics. His work has also been repeatedly featured in venues such as Business Week, Fortune, The Financial Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CIO, Inc. and Fast Company.

Today’s chat will be about his latest book, Beyond Collaboration Overload. This is another of the few books on collaboration in recent years that is not focused purely on the positive aspects of collaboration, but the serious issues that can arise from over-collaboration, burn out your high performers, and kill team focus and energy. If you haven’t listened to the prior interview with Chris Dyer on Remote Work, that is the only other recent book that comes to mind on not just how to do remote work and collaboration, but to do it WELL.

Let’s dive on into it!