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Space, Furniture, and Technology for High Performance Collaboration
Evolution of environments for active learning and collaborative meetings

Enabling High Performance Collaboration with Visual Information

Workplaces are transforming faster than ever before; improving innovation and productivity requires a change of emphasis from hierarchical roles to critical tasks where colleagues work together for success with product innovation, quality improvement, cost reductions, etc. Synergy Tables group everyone around the working surface as equals, promoting an inclusive process where everyone can contribute ideas for the team’s success. Teamwork centred around visual collaboration is an essential attribute of 21 st  Century task-based working practices striving for:  More complete solutions to business-critical problems Greater invention and innovation of goods and services Improved productivity and enhanced job satisfaction Collaboration means different things to different people, but in a collaborative meeting environment we take it for granted that we should all be able to see and share the information on screen - just like in a presentation.  Unlike a presentation, where one person is presenting to everyone else, collaboration should allow everyone to contribute visually - at the right time with preprepared or spontaneous information that makes a difference. So what determines the technology that turns collaboration into High Performance Collaboration? This is where many organisations make the first and biggest mistake.  The IT and AV people are consulted to decide on integrating wired or wireless technology, how it’s connects to the display devices and, if it’s wireless, who and how you can connect to it the network and the internet.  Once the infrastructure is installed, everyone is constrained by it. So far nobody has stopped think about what outputs the organisation needs from its collaborative meetings; is screen sharing enough, or would you like the information that I display to be editable by everyone?   Now you might think that for this to happen we all need the same software on the same technology platform and to attend a training course. What if this isn’t the case?  What if the information from my Windows PC can be edited, amended, advanced by a colleague with their iPad or Android Tablet?   What positive effect would this level of participation have on everyone’s engagement with the meeting and the actions from it?  Now everyone can leave the meeting with the notes and actions already downloaded onto their devices, maintaining the project’s momentum.  What if all this was straightforward to achieve with just a few minutes of training? Why constrain your people by outdated technology and connectivity when intuitive and inexpensive solutions that offer these and more benefits are now available?   Instead support every device and provide your meetings with the opportunity to experience High Performance Collaboration and reap the rewards from doing so.
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Budget Meetings

What if the CFO’s spreadsheet is editable in real-time by the rest of the senior management team around the table?  How would that advance discussions and help better outcomes be reached in less time than before? As the meeting finishes, a single click shares the spreadsheet with all those present. R & D Meetings What if the CAD images can be manipulated by everyone around the table directly using their own device that doesn’t even have the CAD programme or the file on it?  The cost savings of unnecessary software licences combined with the outcomes achieved by such collaborative engagements should be compelling for many companies.
Folding Synergy that can be shared between rooms, and used in café areas, foyers, etc.