Thinking Exchange

A collaborative team is often a more productive team. For many, bouncing ideas off on another, brainstorming, and generally being involved in the same project can boost productivity. Collaboration is less isolating and independent. As the old chestnut says, “two heads are better than one”, and in the workplace this is frequently the case.

As human beings, we are fortunate to have the ability to cooperate, and to take that one step further: to strategize. We can communicate with each other and utilize these benefits for a reciprocated gain. But collaboration in the workplace, often referred to as “teamwork”, needs some guidelines to push the team toward the next big goal, or even the ultimate goal.

The outcome needs to be agreed upon, but also valued by all. If even one team member is less than completely driven to the outcome, then the success rate will be hindered. Additionally, a hard deadline needs to be determined, and adhered to, without any chance to waver. Knowing that there is a point of completion will help structure the team and keep them on track. Leadership should also be established, since if there isn’t at least a supervising figure, then chaos and lack of direction will ensue. While everyone’s opinion is important for contribution and collaboration, someone to connect and bridge ideas should be present for guidance. It’s also imperative to recognize differences and know that everyone has a different learning and thinking curve. Mutual respect for each member of the team is highly important for the success of any project.

Of course creating a talented and diverse team will also contribute to the efficacy of teamwork and collaboration, but these are a few ideas to get the ball rolling and strive toward new visions.