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This is why you won’t find my book on Amazon (well, you will eventually. But I still hope you will buy it directly from the publisher).
Anyhow, in case you buy my book I am eager to hear what you think about it. I am grateful that a lot of people have already shared their feedback, and I’d like to share some highlights from a few reviews of the book.
Martin White, intranet and search guru:
"This book is full of wisdom and diagrams, both of which are usually absent from books on collaboration...The wisdom comes from the nature of Oscar’s work as a consultant, where clearly he has stepped back at the end of each engagement to do a classic ‘lessons learned’ exercise. The diagrams are of great value as a tool to initiate discussions inside an organisation and can be downloaded from Flickr. A very generous offer...I can recommend this book very highly indeed. It sits alongside my two established favourites and I have reserved a space for Oscar’s next book on the subject."
Martin Risgaard, Change catalyst in the Digital Workplace at Microsoft:
"A great overview of the tactical challenges that organisations face when it comes to collaboration today. Introduces some very useful frameworks for dealing with these challenges.Siobhan Fagan, community editor for Simpler Media Group writing for CMS Wire:
If I were to point at two key chapters, one would be “The 5 principles of collaborative collaboration” where Oscar introduces Openness, Transparency, Participation, Conversation, and Recognition as key for successful collaboration. This may not be ground breaking, but in my daily work I am time and again surprised how one or more of these aspects are overlooked and sometimes with devastating results. This simply cannot be repeated enough.
The other chapter that I find probably the most useful and that I personally would have liked to see elaborated even further is the Knowledge Work Capability Framework. The model and the 9 capabilities outlined here contain a lot of great thinking but maybe I would go as far as to say that this could warrant a book written on this topic alone tackling each of the capabilities with some live examples from companies that succeed with this. I will keep a close watch on Oscar’s blog to see how this framework expands in the future."
“The book’s strength lies in that it moves past the theory and explores collaboration in practice. Berg offers several models and frameworks, with clear explanations of each, for managers to use…For a business struggling with a failed or failing social initiative (perhaps due to a lack of grounding in the work at hand), or for managers looking to immerse themselves in the theory and practice of workplace collaboration, ’Collaborating in a Social Era’ will provide the a,b,c’s and tools to get you started."Samuel Driessen, Senior Consultant, intranet expert and senior consultant at Entopic:
”…many books you read about collaboration are theoretical. They give us general and more strategic things to think about. And these kinds of books have their own right. I enjoy them as well. On the other hand, after finishing those books, I can feel lost. What steps can or should I take? Oscar’s book is not about that. For one, it’s clear that Oscar is not only a consultant, but has done the stuff he’s preaching while working in (and for) organizations. There’s no simplistic 1-2-3 plan in the book. He gives the reader deeper, more philosophical insights in collaboration and work, but maintains a practical, basic focus to help the reader move forward.”