Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work
by Phil Simon
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Pub Date 1 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 15 Sep 2022
Motion Publishing, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by ignorance."
Over the past five years, organizations adopted Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams in droves. Think of COVID-19 as pouring gasoline on the fire. The pandemic didn't start a trend as much as it accelerated an existing one.
Unfortunately, far too many of us mistakenly view these applications as Email 2.0. As a result, we are missing out on extraordinary opportunities to create more collaborative work environments, increase organizational transparency, reduce manual work, make our work lives less stressful, simplify core business processes, and much more.
Blame ignorance, not malice. We have lacked a holistic framework to understand the remarkable power of new collaboration technologies, much less unleash them. At least until now.
In Reimagining Collaboration, award-winning author and recognized technology expert Phil Simon provides this essential framework. He advances a new, bold, and holistic model of work-one based upon hubs and spokes. No theoretical text, Simon offers concrete tips for companies and groups on how to transform the way they work.
A Note From the Publisher
"If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that effectively working together in a distributed and virtual fashion is essential. Phil Simon provides a clear framework to achieve this critical yet elusive goal."
—Brad Feld, Foundry Group partner, Techstars co-founder, and author of Startup Communities
"Reimagining Collaboration is the thoughtful and useful owners' manual that every team needs for the WFH era."
—Jay Baer, Founder of Convince & Convert and co-author of Talk Triggers
"Plenty of business books make us think. Some even inspire action. Reimagining Collaboration is the rare book that not only accomplishes both but provides the framework to effect real change. It is essential reading for anyone leading or managing today's rapidly shifting workplace. Business leaders should buy copies for all of their employees."
—Nick Huzar, OfferUp CEO
"We all collaborate, although some do it better than others. We all need to align our talent, technology, and technique appropriately for the times. Phil Simon's Reimagining Collaboration will up your game, regardless of your current level of expertise or collaboration tool of choice."
—Prof. Terri Griffith, Keith Beedie Chair in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University
"An insightful perspective on the new world of work. Collaboration is more essential than ever, and Phil Simon provides the roadmap we need."
—Dorie Clark, author of Entrepreneurial You and executive education faculty, Duke University Fuqua School of Business
"Phil Simon's latest book not only defines collaboration with a depth and breadth never before seen, it defines the future of work in tomorrow's successful organizations. Reimagining Collaboration is a must-read not only for those leading knowledge management and productivity efforts, but for every business leader in any organization."
—Doug Laney, Innovation Fellow, West Monroe Partners and author of Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information as an Asset for Competitive Advantage