I’ve spent a lot of time in the last fifteen years sparking conversations around partnering, teamwork and collaboration. A common question I’ve asked is “what makes your partnership work”?
Beyerlein, Nemiro and Beyerlein in their chapter entitled "A Framework for Working Across Boundaries" in The Handbook of Virtual Teams (pg 28, 2008) write that the ingredients for successful collaboration include:
What do you see as the elements required?
In the work I have done as a team coach, there are usually four factors which are mentioned regularly by the teams and groups I work with:
Without Trust, it is unlikely that the relationship will sustain itself and that goals will be achieved to the amount that they can be. Trust is the foundation of most great partnerships. How are you being transparent with each other? What are you doing to follow through on what you said you would do? What are you doing to offer feedback in order to further your relationship and results? Trust is one of the four cornerstones of great partnership and is linked back to the behaviors which can be seen.
The second cornerstone is Complimentary Skills. Complimentary skills are important in partnerships to help you accelerate or augment what is possible. If skills are too similar and you are cloning each other, it is likely that a huge blindspot will be created.
Planning involves having a shared vision, meeting regularly to pause, making adjustments and thinking about what’s working and what’s not. Having a shared vision for your work or projects is a key element of success.
Questions you may want to ask regularly:
Finally, what can you do to Leverage Strengths? We naturally bring elements to the table. What are the things we can do to augment what we are naturally talented with? Our talents/strengths usually create a unique mindset or approach to our work. In the partnership, how is each person uniquely positioned?
All the best,
Jennifer Britton - Potentials Realized
Author of PlanDoTrack (2019), Coaching Business Builder (2018), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (2013). Pick up a copy of any of her books at Amazon.
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