Midnight Lunch: The 4 Phases of Team Collaboration Success from Thomas Edison's Lab

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Thomas Edison created multibillion-dollar industries that stillexist today. What many people don't realize is that his innovationsweregenerated through the power of collaboration. Edison'scollaborative approach propelled him to generate a record-breaking1,093 US patents and 1,293 international patents over 62consecutive years. Authored by Edison's great-grandniece,Midnight Lunch provides an intriguing look at how you canuse Edison's collaboration methods to strengthen ...

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Midnight Lunch: The 4 Phases of Team Collaboration Success from Thomas Edison's Lab

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Overview

Thomas Edison created multibillion-dollar industries that stillexist today. What many people don't realize is that his innovationsweregenerated through the power of collaboration. Edison'scollaborative approach propelled him to generate a record-breaking1,093 US patents and 1,293 international patents over 62consecutive years. Authored by Edison's great-grandniece,Midnight Lunch provides an intriguing look at how you canuse Edison's collaboration methods to strengthen face-to-face andvirtual teams today.

Leaders need to know how to design teams for maximum innovationimpact, "rewire" their organizational culture to create growth, andhire collaborative employees that will thrive in aninnovation-driven enviroment.Midnight Lunch outlinesEdison's four phases of collaboration success, and demonstrates howdifferent combinations of live and digital resources can deliveroutstanding ROI.

Through action steps that yield high-impact results, MidnightLunch shows how to:

  • Build a team from diverse disciplines, ensuring multipleperspectives, rapid problem-solving, and a foundation forcollaboration to thrive
  • Mix specialists and generalists on the same team, preventinggroupthink and discouraging a culture of "superstars"
  • Encourage dialogue and experimentation
  • Craft physical space that supportstrue collaboration
  • Focus your team's attention on progress and small wins
  • Reskill team members for collaboration success in the digitalera
  • Footprint your team's work, generating collective intelligenceothers can follow

In the coming decade, organizationsmust make true collaborationa priority ifthey want to remain nimble in the face of constantlyshifting economic forces. Midnight Lunch brings Edison'slegacy into the twenty-first century, offering us an imperative toembrace our collaborative spirit and achieve astonishingresults.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118407868
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 439,437
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH MILLER CALDICOTT is a great-grandniece of Thomas Edison, and a seasoned executive with years of hands-onexperience driving growth in new and existingbusinesses. Coauthor of Innovate Like Edison, a groundbreaking book on Thomas Edison's innovation best practices, Sarah inspires audiences around the world through her keynote speeches and executive programs on how to integrate Edison's Five Competencies of Innovation in organizations today. Sarah also advises leaders on how they can use Edison's time-tested methods to create a culture of innovation, as well as accelerate the development of individual and team capabilities that propel collaboration success.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Matthew Greeley xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 What Is True Collaboration? 1

Is It True Collaboration, or Is It a Team? 4

Team A versus Team B 5

Thomas Edison Mastered Collaboration as a Force for Success12

Tracing Edison’s Collaboration Beliefs and Practices17

Edison’s Four Phases of True Collaboration 18

True Collaboration Fosters a Growth Mindset: Balancing Learningand Performance 25

True Collaboration Is a Superskill That Builds a New Type ofKnowledge Asset 32

Chapter 2 Why Is True Collaboration So Crucial Now? 35

Shift #1: The Rise in Complexity Due to Massive Generation ofData and Real-Time Data Synthesis 40

Shift #2: The Rise of the Metalogue as a Tool for CreatingPurpose and Connection 47

Shift #3: The Need for Reskilling Workers in the Innovation Age53

Chapter 3 Phase 1: Capacity—Creating the Foundations forCollaboration to Thrive 57

Part i, Phase 1—Capacity 60

Part ii, Phase 1—Capacity 72

True Collaboration Toolkit: Hands-On Exercises—Phase 189

Chapter 4 Phase 2: Context—How Context AcceleratesCollaboration and Innovation 92

Part i, Phase 2: The Solo Meld 98

Part ii, Phase 2: Group Meld 119

True Collaboration Toolkit: Hands-On Exercises—Phase 2146

Chapter 5 Phase 3: Coherence—Building Coherent Teams150

Part i, Phase 3: Coherence 153

Part ii, Phase 3: Coherence 169

True Collaboration Toolkit: Hands-On Exercises—Phase 3194

Chapter 6 Phase 4: Complexity—Forming Smart Layers andDeveloping Collective Intelligence 198

Part i, Phase 4: Complex Systems and Smart Layers 202

Part ii, Phase 4: Footprinting Captures Collective Intelligence237

Chapter 7 True Collaboration: A Look into the Future 250

Notes 255

About the Author 271

Index 273

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