Who do you need to collaborate with?
Some of the core components which are needed to make collaboration successful are:
- Finding common ground and leverage points
Let’s look at each one off these in turn.
For several years now I have delivered a 90 minute keynote on Collaboration: The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts to many organizations, associations and groups in person and virtually. I often poll the audience and ask them “What are the skills you need in order make your collaborations really work?" #1 on the list is often TRUST, quickly followed by the rest. In the past six months I had noticed that CANDOR was starting to make it’s way up the list pretty close to trust.
Candor is an important topic to explore and if you have read the writing of Kim Scott in Radical Candor, you would know that it involves being both KIND and FIRM or as she says Caring Personally, and Challenging Directly.
What are you doing as a team to have the important conversations of the moment? Are these moments of candor happening, or are they being “swept under the rug”? Tomorrow’s post is going to link into this with a focus on conflict.
Connection and finding common ground is critical for success in the virtual and remote space. While our differences may appear to be vast, we need to make a concerted effort in discovering and leveraging our common elements. This takes time and needs to be intentional. Regular touchpoints are important as well – characterized by quality and frequency not length of time.
Going hand in hand with connection is communication. What are you doing to use the different communication channels available? What do you know about different team member’s preferences? What are you doing to communicate changes, adjustments, successes and challenges regularly?
Collaboration is an art form as well as a structured process. In most of my books it shows up as a significant theme.
If you have a copy of PlanDoTrack check out pages 54-56 as well as sections on strengths.
If you have a copy of Effective Virtual Conversations check out Chapter 12 – Partnering and Collaboration.
If you have a copy of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching check out Chapter 11.
You’ll note in EVC a focus on structured questions to consider as you move through the different stages of the partnering phase.
Enjoy the conversations and hope you’ll check back tomorrow with the focus on conflict in the remote space.
All the best,
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