Collaboration is a Lie—Unless This Happens
Is collaboration part of your usual business practice?
It should be.
But if it’s not done correctly, it actually will produce weaker results.
Sure, on paper collaboration seems like the best way to solve a hairy problem. To the table, people bring fresh insights, jostle ideas into being, and detect potential pit falls. It seems like there couldn’t be a downside… and yet, there may be.
In, 2012, Psychological Science conducted a study that revealed that people working towards a common solution were so confident in their final product, that their sense of judgement became clouded in terms of accuracy and efficiency. This leads to a sense a team believes they are making the best decision, but ultimately possess a severe blindspot. An “oops” moment may not be completely understood by a paying client.
Even more costly than worrying over whether a group has been taken in by “group think”, is the actual organisation of the collaboration process. Each individual of any organisation is called to collaborate, from the man in the mail room to the CEO. However, the higher up an individual is within an organization, their demands to collaborate increase exponentially; the smaller the organization, the more hats they are asked to wear and ways to collaborate. Understandably, most companies are daunted by the task. Creating an efficient collaboration system is the biggest price tag.
How can collaboration actually be more productive than the status quo?
1. Partner up
Create teams that have different vantage points, experiences, and possess various strengths and weaknesses. They will be able to play off each other and enhance the other’s skill.
2. Assign clear responsibilities
Roles within a team are imperative to dispense in the beginning. Decide who is writing, who is editing, or building the financial model. When an individual is assigned a role, they are able to engage in complete ownership. Other team members are then obligated to keep them accountable.
3. In-Person Time Means Creative Time
Before getting together with team members for a meeting, insist on every one completing their tasks and being up-to-date on the “hard facts”. Tools like SMASHDOCs (but really, we’re perfect for this), update team members immediately and give the creative freedom needed when preparing for a meeting.