Webinar Leadership Series | Episode 2

Session Date: May 22, 2018 | View Recording

In this Leadership Series episode, learn how high performing organizations and professionals harness the power of networks to innovate, execute AND gain 20% of their time back by avoiding the pitfalls of collaborative overload.

  • Why: The collaborative intensity of work has exploded over the past decade. Most knowledge workers or leaders spend 85% or more time in a given week on email, in meetings and on the phone. Some factors contributing to this include the transition to matrix-based structures, increased complexity of products and services, globalization, email proliferation and adoption of collaborative tools and social media. This places an enormous – and invisible — cost on organizations and people. Technology, demanding bosses, needy clients and inefficient co-workers are problematic. But for most of us, these time drains are matched by another enemy – ourselves.  While there is undeniably a more demanding reality today, much of the problem is driven by how we decide to structure that reality or let our calendars and “to do” lists look like someone else’s idea of fun.
  • What: Over the past eight years, Rob Cross has been involved in qualitative and quantitative research across 50+ firms addressing how organizations and professionals harness networks to innovate, execute and manage collaborative overload efficiently.

Rob Cross

Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business at Babson College and faculty in Duke CE’s Global Educator Network

For almost twenty years, his research, teaching and consulting have focused on applying social network analysis ideas to critical business issues for actionable insights and bottom-line results. He has worked with over 300 leading organizations (companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations) across industries on a variety of solutions including innovation, revenue growth, leadership effectiveness and talent management. Ideas emerging from his research have resulted in three books, the most recent one titled, “Driving Results through Social Networks.” Rob has written over 50 articles, many of which have won awards. In addition to top scholarly outlets, his work has been repeatedly published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Executive and Organizational Dynamics. His work has also been featured in venues such as Business Week, Fortune, The Financial Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CIO, Inc. and Fast Company.

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