According to the English Dictionary, to collaborate is to work together with others to achieve a common goal. Indeed, collaboration as a word has been in existence but here at I-Nest Hub, we transcend from collaboration just being a written word to actualizing the essence and the aim for collaboration.
Research has proven it that 85% of employees who collaborate are happier at work. The more we engage others constructively, the more likely we are to achieve our aim at work or any other endeavor. There is only so much an individual can pull-off alone.
Thankfully, the good news is that collaboration is a learned skill. No one is innately born with the ability to just bond in teams giving the selfish nature and self-nurturing tendencies of man. Whereas an ordinary person would choose to work alone and own their space for personal reasons, the one who has learned to collaborate chooses to see that where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. This man will benefit from ideas, support, expertise and experience of those with whom he shares and/or collaborates with.
Yes, it seems prudent enough to get going on your own running the solo race, but on the other hand, which project outcome is much richer, beneficial and fuller unlike that which has the input of both the expert and the average? Indeed, two are better than one. Not only do they share the profit together, in the case of any losses, the brunt is borne by all as well.
The beauty of collaboration can be captured in the tiny detail of a Graphic Artist working in hand with an Interior Decorator to create a scenery in a given space, or a team lead willing to listen to the ideas of those in his department without any fuss about being structurally above them.
Essentially, how well we choose to collaborate with others will greatly impact the outcome of any group project. As is said, a chain is no stronger than its weakest link. The one who seeks to collaborate hence must endeavor to consider the strengths and weaknesses of those on board with him; not assuming that everyone is as knowledgeable, exposed or better read as him.
Since collaboration means achieving interactive creation, then, maintaining a manageable system of feedback by gathering feedback from all levels of the organization is essential. Also, having an environment of visibility within the organization and amongst the project team eliminates barriers of communication between the various levels of the project hierarchy thereby encouraging participation from all members of the team.
It is expected that we create a manageable work breakdown structure which promotes interactive creation by assigning responsibilities to various members of the team. This encourages accountability, a common understanding of the full project goals as well as individuals coming to terms with their particular role and its execution.
Choosing the way we communicate with our collaborators depends on what the situation demands and we should be ready to make optimal use of various media consistently to allow collaboration to become part of the mindset of the entire organization.