Importance of Culture of Collaboration in Business!

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Culture of Collaboration

Fostering teamwork is creating a work that values culture of collaboration in business. In a teamwork environment, people understand and believe that thinking, planning, decisions, and actions are better when done cooperatively. People recognize, and even assimilate, the belief that “none of us is as good as all of us.” 

It’s hard to find work places that exemplify teamwork. In America, our institutions such as schools, our family structures, and our pastimes emphasize winning, being the best, and coming out on top. Workers are rarely raised in environments that emphasize true teamwork and collaboration.

Organizations are working on valuing diverse people, ideas, backgrounds, and experiences. We have miles to go before valuing teams and teamwork will be the norm.

You can, however, create a teamwork culture by doing just a few things right. Admittedly, they’re the hard things, but with commitment and appreciation for the value, you can create an overall sense of teamwork in your organization.

Did you know?

  • Research conducted by US Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the number of people quitting an organization voluntarily far exceeds employees that get discharged or are fired.
“Open collaboration encourages greater accountability, which in turn fosters trust.”

― Ron Garan

Learning Activity

Mark each of the statements given below as true or false to discover whether you have a culture of collaboration in your organization or not.

  1. You collaborate with peers and subordinates often to resolve issues.
  2. A team is perceived as one unit in your organization.
  3. People generally have a feeling of promise when they collaborate.
  4. There is a person appointed in your organization who knows and works towards collaboration opportunities.
  5. You are often involved in activities that lead to a culture of collaboration.
  6. There is a common platform where people with common collaboration interests can talk and share their ideas to collaborate.
  7. Communities of practice are actively supported by your organization.
  8. Your organization indulges in activities that help intra-department as well as inter-department collaboration.
  9. People in your organization are passionate about creating a culture of collaboration.
  10. Seniors and superiors are equally enthusiastic about developing a culture of collaboration in your organization.

Scoring

Give 1 point for true answers and 0 points for false answers. Add up the scores.

Interpretation

The higher the score, the higher is the level of culture of collaboration in your organization. The lower your score, the lower is the level of collaboration in your organization.

 

Collaboration is the best way to work. Its only way to work, really. Everyones there because they have a set of skills to offer across the board.

Antony Starr

If you remember the movie Lagaan, you would remember that Bhuvan, the protagonist, creates a team of people from dam. The only reason that team worked was because collaboration to achieve a common goal was driven through every member of the team.

6 Ways to Create The Culture of Collaboration

Personal accountability is required in order to collaborate. You cannot clap with one hand. Similarly, only one person cannot collaborate. It takes two people to work together.

Learning Activity

What contribution can you give to your team and your organization in order to create a culture of collaboration in your organization?

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There are certain action steps that are required to be taken in order to create a strong and powerful culture of collaboration in an organization.

  • No organization wants people who work only independently. Everyone wants a team player in their company. Executive leadership must communicate to the entire organization that collaboration is one of the strongest core values.
  • Lead by example. If leaders demonstrate camaraderie, there is no reason that team members won’t exhibit similar behavior. This should be specially remembered in the time of crises. During tough times, if you manage to collaborate, there is no reason why other people will not do the same.
  • Value of culture of collaboration must be addressed frequently verbally and in writing to instill strong values in people.
  • Always make it a point to recognize, acknowledge, appreciate and if possible reward team work. It is very important to bring good examples to the notice of other people so that they act like examples of good behavior.
  • Quote examples of people and teams within your organization who demonstrate teamwork and collaboration.
  • Performance assessments tools like 3600 feedback can be used to encourage teamwork and collaboration.

Teams are not individuals working independently in the same department. Teams are people working together for a common purpose. Great teams are formed where there is the culture of collaboration. In a collaborative culture, people are passionate about working together and owning the vision of the organization.

 “Collaboration, it turns out, is not a gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice.”

Douglas B. Reeves

Encourage humor in your organization by making your team members play this game as an energizer and to raise their spirits.

Activity Animals
preparation four sheets of flip-chart paper.
running time six minutes
Environment At least two tables (preferably four) and room for the group to move around them.
Teams At least four people in total.
Instruction Split the group into four teams, as equal in size as possible, though it isnt essential. Put four sheets of flip-chart paper on the tables. If there is time, draw three horizontal lines on each sheet, dividing them into quarters. Each team draws an animal head on the top quarter, and then folds over the top of the sheet leaving only the lines at the end of the neck showing. Allow them a strict 45 seconds before moving on. The teams move round to the next table, and contribute the upper body. Another move and the lower body and another move and the legs/tail. The teams now return to their original sheet, open it out, stick it on the wall and spend one minute deciding what the animal is and why it is significant to their team. Each team then gives a 30 second presentation on their animal to other teams.
Feedback Make some observations on both the animals and the description. There doesnt have to be a prize for this one- if there is, give it for the most outrageous or hilarious description.
Outcome This is a good, general-purpose time-out. The movement from table to table and the tight timing keep the energy up while coming up with animal parts and particularly with a justification for the resultant mongrel stimulates creativity. Humor is liable to arise both from the description and the quality or lack of it of the drawings.

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