Improve collaboration, get more ideas!
09/07/2017 - 10:10

No matter how many talented and enthusiastic people you have in your organization, having them work as individuals is rarely enough in today’s business. Making a difference requires teams of professionals with complementary skills to work together across organizational boundaries. Collaboration is the new core skill.

In order to stay relevant and succeed in the future too, organizations must dare to distance themselves from traditions based solely on rational and scientific thinking. Instead, we’ll need to bring in new softer methods, such as emotional intelligence and intuition.

To get new results, you can’t keep doing what you always did.


”Combining clear intuition with intelligent reasoning is a key asset at work”, defined Asta Raami, the author of Älykäs intuitio - Finnish for intelligent intuition. The book draws on her dissertation, which ties together design, business, cognition, medicine and neuropsychology, among other fields.

The focus on intuition is based on the idea of creating new kinds of results by mixing together issues and organizations in new ways. Best solutions may be found in ways that do not seem logical or even possible.

Innovative insights and radical visions are created when we have guts to work differently than we did before, and have organization-wide conversations around new opportunities.

Full utilization of intuition and collaboration requires the leadership to understand and accept that ideas and insights may spawn out from anywhere in the organization. It’s all about co-creation: there’s lots of wisdom outside of the executive meeting room.

Break down walls, and you’ll get rid of silos too.


Based on her study of Finnish leadership culture, Annastiina Mäki noted in her dissertation Leadership culture – condensing hopes, actions and interpretations that people may actually work in very tight silos, even if everyone in the organization keeps talking about how very important it is to see the big picture.

”It’s paradoxical how organizations thrive for a shared vision and direction, yet they maintain structures and procedures that lead to siloed roles. We came across silos of areas, units and teams, but daily activities at work were also separated based on areas of expertise, ways of thinking, and events in organization history such as mergers”, Annastiina Mäki described.

The ability to work anywhere and anytime thanks to digitalization has changed the usage rates of offices and affected the need for different kinds of spaces.

Needs and challenges posed by the changing leadership and work cultures have an inevitable effect on workplace design and the choice of various types of spaces.

Asta Raami has noted that new things are unlikely to be adopted in old structures. Doing things in a faster and more agile way necessitates changes in workplace design as well.

Faster change cycles require adaptable workplaces.

A profound requirement for new workplaces is the ability to make changes during their lifecycle. When the pace of change in business operations and organization structures keeps accelerating, workplaces must adapt to new needs. Both the initial workplace design and optimization during the lifecycle must be based on in-depth understanding of business goals and user needs.

We’ll be successful in changing our businesses when we simultaneously develop both leadership, organizational structures, employee skills and workplace design solutions. All of these have a common goal: to support individual and multifaceted implications of the new work culture.

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