Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead and Restore Your Well-Being

Alumni Learning Consortium

Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead and Restore Your Well-Being

  • June 28, 2022
  • 12:00 PM

Do you feel you are “always-on,” continuously checking email, and working long hours? Most organizations have created always-on work contexts that burn people out and hurt performance rather than delivering productivity, innovation, and engagement. Collaborative work consumes 85% of employees' time and is drifting earlier into the morning, later into the night, and deeper into the weekend. Through in-depth stories and tools, bestselling author and leadership expert Rob Cross will show you how to break your work addiction and reclaim close to a day a week by: 

  • Identifying and challenging beliefs that lead us to jump into collaborative work too quickly
  • Imposing structure in our work to shield from unproductive collaboration
  • Altering behaviors to create efficiencies in collaborations
  • Cultivating and then mobilizing a broad network – not a big one – for innovation and scale

About the author: Rob Cross is a Professor of Global Leadership and the co-founder and Chief Research Scientist of the Connected Commons business consortium. For more than twenty years, he has studied the underlying networks of influential organizations and the collaborative practices of high performers. Working with more than three hundred 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. Cross has authored six Harvard Business Review articles on practical approaches to enhancing collaboration. He is the co-author of five books, including The Hidden Power of Social Networks.