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Airdrie, Alberta, Canada, 2007/05/21 - New book explores how to develop the collaborative intelligence of teams and organizations. It also examines what we can learn from ants, bacteria and baboons about the ability to cooperate effectively.
A new book, “Teaching an Anthill to Fetch – Developing Collaborative Intelligence @ Work,” provides a practical outline for developing collaborative intelligence within business teams. This book is also about treating people fairly and employee motivation.
Says Stephen James Joyce, the book’s author: “It’s time to rethink the way we collaborate as a species.”
“Teaching an Anthill to Fetch” (anthillsite.com) is the first practical guide to building collaborative intelligence with a ‘how-to’ approach and practical applications. At the end of each chapter there are ‘CQ Tools’ – exercises that develop collaboration within groups, business teams and organizations.
“High profile bacteria like MRSA are literally making a laughing stock of the world’s most powerful pharmaceutical companies,” said Joyce. The author goes on to say that, “The secret the super bug’s success is the high level of collaborative intelligence they exercise.”
According to Joyce, “Ants and bacteria can survive and thrive in some of the most hostile environments on earth. No single ant or bacteria knows how it all works – nor does it need to.” He goes on to say that, “Individually, ants and bacteria are pretty dumb creatures, collectively they are very smart. Human beings, on the other hand, are individually very smart and collectively, well…”
In Joyce’s unique book he explores:
• Why CQ (collaborative intelligence) is just as valuable as IQ;
• What ants, baboons and bacteria can teach us about collaboration;
• How important a strong sense of purpose is to successful teams;
• How to install a powerful sense of purpose into teams and organizations;
• The importance of ‘getting clever together’ in a rapidly changing environment.
“In the environment we live in today, never has our ability to ‘pull together’ been more important or more challenged,” said Joyce. “Treating people fairly and employee motivation are linked. Developing ways of collaborating becomes a game everyone needs to play. This is a crucial message for anyone working within a team setting, team-leads, and all levels of management.” In today’s business teams, getting clever together, could be the difference between companies that thrive and those that dive.”
‘Teaching an Anthill to Fetch – Developing Collaborative Intelligence @ Work’ ISBN: 978-0-9780312-0-6 Online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel.com.