Collaboration creates an environment that allows the collective knowledge, resources and skills of each team member to flourish.
Truly powerful collaboration occurs when all parties are in agreement on a common purpose, have commonality in their values, feel supported and operate in a culture of respect, sharing of resources, feedback and positive competition. When people with varying viewpoints, experiences, skills, and opinions are tasked with a project or challenge as a group, the combined effort can far surpass what a similar number of people operating as individuals could achieve
So that sounds easy right? Or perhaps what you recognise is a varying degree of bottlenecks, undermining of opinions, lack of communication, missed deadlines, suspicion, or inflexibility?
Diversity within and across teams should increase the power and effectiveness of the team surely? Yet why is it that many companies find that such diversity creates more problems than solutions?
A 2007 study published in the Harvard Business Review (Grafton and Erikson, Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams) shows that team members collaborate more easily and naturally if they perceive themselves as being alike.
It is this commonality that we work with teams to establish. Whether you are looking for collaboration within an existing team or for collaboration across diverse teams, having a common purpose, values and standards of collaboration are key to effective working and sustained results.
We allow teams to recognise, respect and utilise their diversity because they know the things that connect them and are then able to collaborate effectively, holding each other to account, debating problems and resolving issues quickly.
Through a unique blend of facilitation, coaching and training, we utilise our inside-out approach to enable people to recognise the differences, enhance their communication, design impactful solutions and celebrate success!