We often talk about collaboration as something we aspire to, or want to do more of, but what are the things we need to ensure we DO In order to have successful collaboration. For today’s post, I am reaching back to a Teams365 blog post, a daily blog I have hosted since 2014.
As I shared in Teams365 Blog post #506 – Four Essential Ingredients for Collaboration:
1. Be clear on why you are collaborating. Collaborating for collaboration's sake does not equal success! Why is this collaboration occurring? What is possible due to the fusion of your skills and abilities? What outcomes are you looking for?
Partnerships and collaboration are not always a straight road. It's important to be clear on:
2. Consciously design your partnership
Take time to intentionally, or consciously, design your partnership. Building in time for focusing on the relationship can be as important as creating or doing the work together. In a recent newsletter article I shared several of the partnership planning questions I have written about over the years.
In my writing I talk about at least four stages where you will want to focus conversation - pre-program/partnership, at the start, during the work and at the end of major projects. Refer to chapter 12 of Effective Virtual Conversations or Chapter 11 of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching.
3. Regularly check in and adjust. Regular check ins will look different for each project. Ask yourselves regular questions such as:
4. Consider what end result you have in mind - As Steven Covey wrote years ago "Start with the end in mind". Our end result shapes our action. As you engage in every conversation think about the end result you are aiming for. How does this influence your partnership? What roles you play? What attention you have?
These four factors - clarity, conscious design, check in, and end in mind - support partnering and collaboration to be a flexible, fluid process. What is important for you to consider in your own work?
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