What Readers are Saying…
If you’re drowning in emails and meetings, look no further than this book. Drawing on a wealth of evidence and experience, Rob Cross has written an unusually practical guide to help you make your collaborations more efficient and effective.
Rob Cross has produced a genuine marvel. He shows why collaboration is often overused and underwhelming—and how we can enlist its power more humanely and strategically. This is an essential book on an essential topic by an essential mind.
Every leader needs to study this book, carefully. It’s loaded with insights about how to scale up your leadership and help others to do more while maximizing your time in the process!
Beyond Collaboration Overload is a powerful leadership tool for us all as we move into a postpandemic, hyperconnected world of work.
OK, you’re really busy. Why should you take the time to read this book? Only because it will save your work life and your home life. Only because if you follow its prescriptions you’ll be both happier and more effective. Only because it’s based on solid evidence from leading firms and leaders. Do it!
Most readers will immediately recognize the profound truth of collaborative overload, which haunts organizations and people in every vital modern industry. In compelling stories that bring each chapter to life, Rob Cross documents the emotional toll and productivity drain of collaborative overload and offers a way out—with the concept of essential collaboration. Practical and wise, this book is a game changer.
Beyond Collaborative Overload is the most positively disruptive book I have read in years. Grounded in two decades of research, the book brilliantly conveys how high performers are able to reclaim 18–24 percent of their time by intentionally cultivating their most essential connections. The results are profound: greater innovation, performance, and well-being. Contrary to conventual wisdom, when it comes to your network, more is not always better.
This must-read book is a practical, evidence-based recipe for thriving in today’s hyperconnected organizations. Get ready to confront common fallacies, like the conventional advice to build large networks and collaborate rapidly. Replace them with proven ways to actually reduce unnecessary collaboration and cultivate the pivotal connections that support both performance and well-being. Beyond Collaboration Overload provides a much-needed foundation to thrive in, rather than endure, the new world of work.
Never in history have we had greater ability to shape our work and who we collaborate with. Why do we so quickly give up that control and choose to endure careers in a stressed-out and reactive posture? Beyond Collaboration Overload provides the insights and resources for us all to proactively manage collaborative demands and invest in connections that help us thrive in both work and life.
Effective leadership and management both begin at home. And Rob Cross, a respected thought leader, brings it to your doorstep. To help you lead in an often dizzying environment of accelerating demands, Cross has compiled a set of best practices on how to make ourselves more effective leaders for our organizations, and happier at the same time. Only read this if you want to accomplish more, but with less stress.
Employees are not simply bundles of skills that we can bring together in the latest future-of-work scenario to work as seamlessly as we think. They are embedded in networks of connections that when intentionally cultivated can be the difference between an overwhelmed, stressed-out workforce and one that is thriving—both on screen and in person. Cross’s two decades of research in Beyond Collaboration Overload provides this much-needed road map, especially in times of evolution and change.
Beyond Collaboration Overload presents compelling studies and stories that show how too much of a good thing can be terrible. Rob Cross’s masterpiece is packed with proven advice to help you, and those you lead, streamline your networks, meetings, emails, and webinars so that, rather than feeling frazzled and exhausted day after day, you will feel energized and be more productive and creative.
Ensuring workforce performance and well-being in today’s networked economy has quickly become an organizational and societal imperative. Cross’s research and resources provide practical and easy-to-apply strategies to help us all.”
The future of work will require people to manage networks and collaboration more intentionally. Beyond Collaborative Overload provides a recipe for doing that. It’s a must-read for high-growth organizations and provides a blueprint of what will be required of us all for the foreseeable future.
Collaboration is critical to individual performance and well-being today. Based on two decades of research, Beyond Collaboration Overload shows how people can succeed in today’s hyperconnected economy by streamlining collaborative demands and investing in connections that enable scale and innovation.
Work is geometrically more interdependent and complex in a post-Covid world. This makes the volume, diversity, and friction of collaborative demand overwhelming. We know that more meetings, faster, is not the answer, which makes this book centrally important today. Cross’s writing and research are always powerful, and this is no exception—compelling, reality-based storytelling of leaders figuring out what works, right now!
Academic research has provided very powerful insights to understand the link between peoples’ networks and their success at work, at home, and in life. Cross’s Beyond Collaboration Overload adds to this body of work through interviews with hundreds of successful leaders. The insights, tools, and practical applications throughout this book make it a critical resource in today’s collaboratively intense work.
Beyond Collaboration Overload is based on over a decade of research studying successful people and how they collaborate. The book reveals how these high performers collaborate in ways that enable them to be 18-24% more efficient than their peers. It then proceeds to show how successful people invest this time in ways that promote performance and well-being in today’s hyper-connected world.
Through in depth stories, coaching breaks and tools Beyond Collaboration Overload will show you how to break your work addiction and reclaim close to a day a week by:
- Identifying and challenging beliefs that lead us to jump into collaborative work too quickly
- Imposing structure in our work to shield from unproductive collaboration and
- Altering behaviors to create efficiencies in collaborations
The book then proceeds to the right side of the infinity loop to show how more successful people invest this new time to collaborate in ways that generate performance and well-being by:
- Cultivating and then mobilizing a broad network – not a big one – for innovation and scale
- Collaborating in ways that energize others – typically a 4x predictor of high performance and
- Connecting with others in ways that reduce micro-stressors and enhance physical and mental well-being
Throughout the book shows people how to play offense in this hyper-connected world and not fall prey to work addictions that will undermine success.