Collaboration is the bringing together of individuals/teams/groups to undertake and complete a project or task based on shared interests or a common goal. Although leadership is important in terms of guiding the finished outcome of the collaborative goal usually collaboration should ensure equal and mutual benefit to all those involved.
- What is the purpose? Really take the time to consider the overall goal of collaborative effort before agreeing to take part.
- Do you have shared values? It really helps to have a common purpose and shared values – you may not always agree but at least you will work together for the greater good of the project.
- Is there clear communication? Make sure that communications channels are clear and direct, if there are ever any moments of confusion or misunderstanding ensure that they are addressed immediately before resentment works its way in.
- What is your intention? Be clear about the role you have to play and why you are taking part. If you are secure about your intention then it means that collaboration can flow more authentically.