Collaboration – Culture Reconstructed
“When listening to a team member share their thoughts, respond with ‘yes, and…’ What can you add to someone else’s approach to make it even better?”
Take a second and think about the goals you have set for your company. Where do you want to be in five years? How do you want your company to be seen by outsiders, clients, and the world in general?
Odds are, reaching that goals cannot be done alone. Collaboration is such an essential concept because so much of a company’s success depends on a group effectively working together.
Collaboration doesn’t mean always agreeing with each other. It means learning how to combine the best that people have to offer into the ideal fit for your company.
Like many of the concepts in Culture Reconstructed, the idea of collaboration begins at the top. If you’re leading a group of people and aren’t open to other opinions, it will be difficult to expect a collaborative spirit from them.
Sports are a great example of collaboration at its best and worst. I love youth soccer, specifically when my daughters play. Watching my young girls play soccer reminds me of poor collaboration within corporate teams. Have you ever watched little kids play soccer? One kid kicks the ball, and every player runs towards it. Until they understand how to work as a team, they kick each other, get confused, and don’t know how to cooperate to make a goal. As my kids get older, they will understand how teams collaborate to achieve results.
For more on this topic, including specific action steps for creating a culture of collaboration, check out Culture Reconstructed, available January 2020!