Forty Years of Collaboration: An Interview with Collaboration Innovator David Straus Released by Interaction Associates in Podcast Format

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On the company’s 40th anniversary, global consultancy Interaction Associates has released a podcast interview with company founder David Straus, noted author of the international best sellers "How to Make Meetings Work" and "How to Make Collaboration Work." The podcast is available at http://snipurl.com/dstraus.

How to Make Collaboration Work - The Classic and Practical Guide to Building Consensus, Solving Problems, and Making Decisions

On its 40th anniversary, global consultancy Interaction Associates has released a podcast interview with company founder David Straus, noted author of the international best sellers "How to Make Meetings Work" and "How to Make Collaboration Work." Straus, a pioneer in group process and collaborative problem-solving, looks at the state of collaboration in business today, and compares the discipline with its infancy 40 years ago. Straus is the originator of many of the most widely-used and successful group decision-making and agreement-building methods used today in business and the public sector. The podcast is available free at http://snipurl.com/dstraus.

Straus' interview is particularly timely because Interaction Associates' new research on Trust In Business has identified a strong correlation between effective collaboration and high performance in productivity and innovation.

In a recent study of 211 corporate executives, Interaction Associates found that companies exhibiting high performance in "Productivity and Innovation" also report their "meetings achieve outcomes and are time-efficient" -- a key indicator of effective collaboration. In addition, the research showed that highly-collaborative companies also tend to demonstrate high levels of trust and display effective leadership. This strong inter-relationship among trust, leadership and collaboration points to collaboration as an organization imperative for success in today’s uncertain economy. The executive summary of the research report is available free at http://snipurl.com/iastudy.

Recently, Straus' widely-hailed book that makes sense of collaboration, "How to Make Collaboration Work - The Classic and Practical Guide to Building Consensus, Solving Problems, and Making Decisions" - was released in e-book format by its publisher Berrett-Koehler. Straus also coauthored the classic, "How to Make Meetings Work," which has sold more than 600,000 copies since it was published in 1977.

"David Straus has given so much to the field of collaboration," said Linda Dunkel, President and CEO of Interaction Associates. "His contributions over the years have been tremendous, and the techniques and practices he originated 40 years ago continue to demonstrate the power of collaborative action to achieve extraordinary results --- in business and in communities all over the world."

Interaction Associates' consulting and workplace learning solutions are employed by Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout the world. The company has 40 years' experience empowering organizations to find breakthrough solutions to business challenges. Interaction Associates helps clients set strategic direction, inspire commitment, and build collaborative capabilities for sustainable results. Millions of people have profoundly improved interactions at work and in their communities using the power of collaborative action learned from Interaction Associates. More information about Interaction Associates is available on the company’s website at http://www.interactionassociates.com.

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