A couple of tips are you think about harnessing collaboration to help you in breaking down some of the silos you are facing:
1. It takes time. Collaboration requires that we get to know our partners at more than a surface level, and learn to work across, and leverage, our differences. This takes time.
2. Collaboration is not natural for everyone - we need to encourage it and also check that the organizational systems we have in place support collaboration. If people are being rewarded financially for being an individual contributor or as the highest results team, we may be creating barriers to collaboration.
3. In which areas can you create some quick wins and maybe develop some best practices for your organization. People are more apt to put their weight behind things they believe and can see as working. Where can you create some initial momentum around collaboration.
4. Consider when and where collaboration is appropriate. We can fall into the trap of trying to over collaborate. Not every situation requires collaboration. Consider when you can yield more than 1+1 = 2 in your efforts.
Have a great Wednesday and wonderful Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating it tomorrow,
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Supporting Team Leaders to do their best work, one conversation at a time
Coaching Skills Training | Teamwork | Leadership
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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