Why it’s time to cut the employee-office leash
Originally posted on Fortune Management & Career Blog:
Before you run out and reconstruct the walls of your office’s cubicles, consider that a shift in behavior might do more to support good work than the construction of walls ever will.
FORTUNE — It seems everyone is talking about collaboration these days, and in particular, collaboration as a business tool. There is no denying that the two are connected, but the recent debates have sidelined the other equally critical side of the equation — concentration.
For the record, I’m a big fan of collaboration. And despite the relatively recent spate of articles knocking brainstorming, I’m a fan of that as well. But the idea that collaboration is some sort of business cure-all does feel one-sided to me. Just as we spent the better part of the last century harping on the needs of individuals rather the needs of teams, we now run the risk…
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