Analyse the benefits of working collaboratively
- Brainstorming- Collaboration allows team members to come together on a common platform and work towards the achievement of a common goal by thinking, brainstorming, and offering various perspectives to provide solutions.
- Providing Value- Working towards the same goal inspires in the team members with a strong sense of purpose. The team sees value in working together as the common goal gives them a meaningful reason to work together, along with receiving mutual benefits for the company as well as the team.
- Equal Partaking- Collaboration provides every team member with equal opportunities to participate and communicate their ideas.
One of the biggest factors that contribute to the success of any business is whether or not its employees are able to perform together a team. With increasing competition, it has become extremely important to encourage creativity in the office, in order to improve productivity and promote healthy employee relationships.
Identify the personal characteristics required for successful collaboration
A great collaborator is willing to take the first step and pitch in, even if they won’t get the spotlight. Generosity is also an incredibly desirable leadership characteristic.
They’re good at asking the right questions. A great collaborator is always looking for the root of the issue. They don’t interrogate they simply follow their natural curiosity because they want to understand.
The best collaborators express appreciation for all that team members have contributed. They’re not shy about expressing this appreciation to the entire team and they give credit where credit is due.
4.finds the answer to the bigger questions
Projects are rarely just about the task in front of you. It’s important to make sure that every project contributes to a company’s high level strategy. Highly effective collaborators make sure that the team is working towards the right goals.
The challenges for working collaboratively
1. Lack of trust
Trust is crucial to teamwork, and it starts with team members knowing each other. Team members absolutely need to know each other, both professionally and personally. Otherwise they won’t understand each other and they won’t want to engage because they haven’t made that human connection and they won’t fully trust each other.
2. Conflict and tension
Conflict, a difference of opinion, can be healthy and if carefully managed it can trigger useful debates. It can make people think differently, expanding knowledge and insight, and innovation can happen and results flourish. Different opinions are not a bad thing. It’s how we handle the conflict that makes a difference.
3. Not sharing information
Knowledge is not power. Teams members all bring their unique set of skills, knowledge, experience and wisdom to the table. Effective teams fearlessly share regularly and generously for the benefit of everyone. This makes the capability of the whole team grow and gives the team more power.
4. Low engagement
Team engagement is crucial to business success. Team members who are engaged are interested in what they do, committed to the team mission, willing to going the extra mile. They are there in body as well as mentally and emotionally. The key to engagement is involvement; by involving others you make it impossible to stay detached.
5. Lack of transparency
Without transparency, trust will suffer. Transparency is becoming the expected norm in business and expectations are growing. It starts at the top, the more senior you are the more responsibility you have to be a role model for this. Employees will follow the leader’s behaviors, good or bad. When this is done well it can have a positive cascade effect throughout the organisation.