Curated Reads by the National Library, Singapore

When working on a project, it is likely that not all in the team know everything they need to perform the task. However, by collaborating with others from different departments, and even companies, skills can be pooled to make the project more successful. In addition, collaboration translates to a happier and more knowledgeable workplace. This is because the sense of community it inspires not only makes workers feel like they are part of a family, but also cultivates a culture where employees and employers learn from each other. Find out how to cultivate this important skill from the resources below.



Collaborate: The Art of We
Call no.: 658.4022 SAN

Interested in creating a collaborative culture but have no idea where to start? Search no more as this timeless masterpiece by Dan Sanker will equip you with the tools and tactical requirements to achieve breakthrough collaborative success.


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“Collaboration essentials,” “Setting up for success”, “Fostering a collaborative culture in your organisation” are some of the interesting chapters worth reading. Our favourite chapter  is "Stages of Collaboration", where the author lists the various stages of collaboration and explains why planning is crucial for any collaborative effort to be successful:


The way in which a collaboration gets started can determine whether it succeeds or fails. Groups that pay careful attention to components at the early stages are more likely to be able to handle obstacles, stay focused on their goal, and come up with truly innovative ideas. (p. 89)



Grab this ebook now or visit our public libraries to borrow a physical copy.

Book cover image credit: All rights reserved. Jossey-Bass, c2012.




The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy
Call no.: 650.1 GOR

Feeling sluggish at work? Hating every minute at your desk? Then it is time to board The Energy Bus.

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Embark on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment. Packed with keen insights, this book provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team.

Grab this ebook now or visit our public libraries to borrow a physical copy.

Book cover image credit: All rights reserved. Wiley, 2015.

Collaborative Intelligence


Collaborative Intelligence: Four Influential Strategies for Thinking with People Who Think Differently
Call no.: 658.4022 MAR

Collaborative intelligence, or CQ, is a measure of our ability to think with others on behalf of what matters to us all.

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CQ is emerging as a new professional currency at a time when the way we think, interact and innovate is shifting. Drawing on more than 50 years of original research in cognitive neuroscience, this book teaches us how to recognise our own mind patterns and map the talents of our teams, with the goal of embarking on an aligned course of action and influence.

Boost your CQ with this ebook or visit our public libraries to borrow a physical copy. 

Book cover image credit: Spiegel & Grau, [2015].


Where Good Ideas Come From

In this talk, Steven Johnson, a dynamic writer and speaker, argues that ideas don’t come from eureka moments but from collaboration. He shows how places like coffeehouses and other shared spaces foster great ideas and creativity. Intrigued? Watch to find out more.