The Power of Partnering

Voice transformation involves using the tools at your disposal to create a collaborative environment where people can work more efficiently together.  The tools used are only half the equation in helping people and ideas become more accessible, however. How and why teams use these tools to collaborate is an equally important issue.

Building internal partnerships

One important reason for using voice transformation tools is to improve partnering. When working with other departments, we often refer to them as the client. While it seems respectful, this little phraseology can set up a wall between two groups that are working for the same goal within the same company. Viewing others as partners or colleagues is far more effective. It builds the mindset that we really are all in this together.

Let’s take your IT department for example. Do you know what they do? Do you REALLY know what they do? Rather then just give them a checklist of items you need accomplished, talk to them like a partner. Ask for their input. You might be amazed that the ideas they have. And since they are the engine of your business, it is very likely that their input will make you more productive, save money, and bring your business to the next level.

Welcoming change

Of course, change is never that easy. It takes time to change culture, and at first, it will be noisy and a bit unpredictable. But it is well worth it in the long run.

Don’t take my word for it. Take a look at this videocast  featuring Tina Nunno, Research Vice President in Gartner’s CIO research group. Ms. Nunno is responsible for conducting research and developing publications aimed at helping CIOs and organizations around the world improve performance and contribution. She specializes in CIO related management issues including working with a board of directors, executive communication strategies and change leadership and governance strategies.

Voice transformation can help power your partnering and bring teams closer together. As teams work more fluidly, the culture adapts and reorganizes itself into a culture that values partnering rather than disparate processes.

How are you breaking down silos at your organization? Share your experiences in comments.
Sybil Fitzpatrick Lead Product Marketing Communications AT&T About Sybil