You may need to make other changes to the organisational system.
Your organisation might not allow for a collaborative workplace, either in its structure, strategic intent, processes or how its resources are deployed.
Consider the organisational system as a living organism. Are there bits that make no sense? For example hierarchical approaches to decision-making, where decisions are made by people who do not fully understand the things they are deciding on! Empower people to be responsible.
Ask people their opinion about what they think is the right decision or action. Listen to them; spend time discussing it with them.
Understand how they think and why they think that way. Take time for this conversation. A new innovative method for decision-making is evolving.
In Reinventing Organisations, Laloux names this the ‘advice process’ and sees this method between ‘hierarchical decision making’ at one end, and ‘consensual’ at the other end. In the advice process there is one rule – anyone can make a decision as long as they have consulted with people affected by the decision. This is a radical notion but one that makes great sense. It is not for the faint hearted, but it would shake up most organisations and make them more vibrant, responsible places of being.
This nurtures engagement and communication and enables healthy interfaces across the organisation.