Collaboration is the process of two or more people or organizations working together to complete a task or achieve a goal. It is also defined as two or more people working together to achieve shared goals. Collaboration happens when differences are brought together for similarities of goals.
Most people can work well independently, but collaboration is more challenging. We need to have a similar goal in order to collaborate properly and bring our different experiences into the mix. Otherwise, if we just bring differences we’ll never actually unify to achieve what we want. So collaboration is key.
Good communication and knowing how your role fits into the big picture go a long way. In order for a collaboration to be effective, we need to get everyone on the same page. Taking advantage of technology is another strategy to foster collaboration effectively.
Respect is another consideration in making collaboration effective and successful. Everyone must respect diversity. To be successful, it’s essential to reflect on any implicit biases you may hold so you can work respectfully with your colleagues. These include open communication, sensitivity to ethnic and religious backgrounds, and building and managing expectations. In short, respect for each other is very vital for collaboration to work.
Collaboration is key. Therefore, collaboration skills are needed. These include communication, emotional intelligence, and respect for the diversity of your colleagues.