I received recommendations for two books that I wanted to pass along. The first book is the Silo Effect: The Perils of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers by Gillian Tett, and the second book is Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal. Both books, which I’ve just started to read, appear to challenge systems that do not work collaboratively, and expose how silos and bureaucracy hinder innovation.
Recently, I’ve been obsessing over the idea of SOCHE launching the Center of Excellence in Collaboration, as part of its 50th anniversary. SOCHE already facilitates collaboration every day, week, month, year, and has since 1967. SOCHE already serves as the collaborative infrastructure for higher education in our region. Collaboration is SOCHE’s heart and soul, and why it has received accolades and awards for leading inter-institutional collaboration.
This is all fine and dandy. But it is not enough….
Now is the time to challenge SOCHE and its future by studying the art and science of collaboration to the nth degree. A desired outcome of a rigorous undertaking will be for SOCHE to launch the world-class CoE in Collaboration–providing leadership, best practices, research, support, training, expertise, evaluation, technology, and conditions and culture for inter- and intra-institutional collaboration.
People and organizations accept commonly the importance of collaboration in today’s environment. There are books, articles, blog spots that promote collaboration and collaborative innovation. We’ve understood for centuries the combined effect of creative forces is far more impactful than that of individual attempts. Knowing this, we must take the next step, building upon collaboration’s recognized status as a strategy for success and elevate collaboration to a field of academic study and practice.
SOCHE will (collaboratively) do this!