One by-product of globalization, for better or for worse, is that the world is becoming a far more competitive place. It’s tougher to succeed when the competition may not just be across town, but across the continent. It’s true in business, retail, and even education. Knowing this, smart leaders are making drastic changes in their management style. Rather than managing exclusively from the top, they’re tapping into the growing wealth of knowledge deep in their own organizations – mining the ideas, creativity and innovation of their own employees to share decision-making. For many organizations, it’s a new era in collaboration. If everyone is engaged and has a vested interest in succeeding, the chances of staying ahead of the competitive pack are greater. It’s a win-win proposition: leaders have a deeper well of innovation to draw from, and employees have new ways to channel creative energy. It’s all good.