How to Develop Collaboration Skills

Collaboration is increasingly important in today’s working environments as well as for the majority of prestigious occupations of the future. What makes someone a team player? Someone who is collaborative gains cooperation, encourages teamwork, works toward solutions, and seeks to benefit all involved parties while participating in a group.

Let’s look at each individually:

Gain Cooperation

  • Share your vision and intentions to get everyone on the same page.
  • Demonstrate respect for the opinions, expertise, and experience of others.
  • Address negativity with empathy. Preserve dignity in a group setting; follow-up in private.

Encourage Teamwork

  • Engage those who are hesitant to participate.
  • Connect people who otherwise may not have an opportunity to work together.
  • Share information freely—keep people informed and up-to-date so they have every advantage to bring their best.

Push for Solutions

  • Collaboration is beneficial only when it leads to an outcome.
  • Keep progress moving forward—know when it is time for debate versus when it is time for action.
  • Identify possible solutions without becoming attached to them.
  • Focus—address tangential ideas and off-topic discussions before they steer you off track.

Expand Your Definition of Success

  • Success is when all parties involved can benefit in some way.
  • Don’t hoard your knowledge—share your own expertise with others so they are in a better position to accomplish group goals.
  • We all like to be recognized for our efforts—give credit generously and often, but with sincerity. The more you give recognition, the more likely it is to come back to you.
  • Get rid of the silo mindset—help and support others in their work to contribute to overall organizational success.

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