Components of Collaboration
What does it mean to collaborate?
To work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor is the dictionary definition. Simple enough, and the statistics show that most people consider it to be an important part of work life.
97% of employees and executives believe lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project.
Are we doing a good job of it? Take a look for yourself and your own experience. How many teams were you on that you loved being on and you accomplished many things together happily versus those teams of the opposite culture?
86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures.
The reality is that most people have received the entire gradient scale of collaboration training. By the time you end up on a team together, it's almost impossible to immediately gauge each person's ability to collaborate. To understand this better, let's examine the topic more closely using a different viewpoint.
A Different Viewpoint
Let's begin with the simple idea that who you are is a spirit, using an intelligence, experiencing emotional states, and controlling a body. Though we are one that is the sum of all these parts, by identifying the parts individually, we can improve our acuity in understanding.
As simple as 1-2-3
The first component of collaboration is to know yourself. This includes understanding and improving your intelligence across the entire measurable spectrum. Further to enhance your abilities and remove your inabilities, those barriers in your way.
The second component is to know other people. To understand people, how they behave and operate, how they react, and what their motivators are, are all critical parts of improving your collaboration with them.
The third component is comprised of the tools used for collaboration. This includes best practices, technology, understand communication, governance, and much more.
Furthermore, an easy place to start is by working on your own understanding and abilities in these categories:
- Emotional Intelligence
- Communication Skills
- Technical Tools
- Continuous Growth and Development
- Policies and Governance
- Purpose and Goals
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