If you are looking for a magic bullet for curing most individual and organizational ills – you’ve found it, it’s called collaboration. Competition creates opposition. Collaboration creates community. Which would be better for your organization?
There are several reasons for creating a collaborative culture in your company. Here are just four:
- Fosters a community atmosphere
- Facilitates internal communication
- Reduces costs through shared resources
- Provides for innovative solutions with increased support and buy-in
Fosters a Community Atmosphere
Collaboration: “Working together to achieve a common objective” When we foster the idea and the importance of working together, instead of competing against one another, we foster a community atmosphere. We create a “we’re all in this together” mind set. We identify a common objective – then work together as a team to get the desired results. We create a community of achievers.
Facilitates Internal Communication
When we’re willing to openly share information – instead of hiding or holding back important information – good things happen. Show me an organization with a competitive, closed culture (silos) and I’ll show you an information-starved company. I’ll also show you an organization riddled with strife and suspicion.
Reduces Costs Through Shared Resources
Every organization – especially the private sector – has to keep an eye on the bottom line. One of the best ways to reduce costs and make sure we’re making the most of what we have is through collaboration. Sharing precious resources reduces costs across the board.
The resources shared can be tangible or intangible. Collaborative organizations share technology, equipment, personnel and knowledge. The opportunities for sharing resources are only limited by organizational imagination.
Provides for Innovative Solutions – With Increased Support and Buy-in
“None of us is as smart as all of us.” You’ve heard that saying, right? Collaboration fosters innovation. Closed cultures are typically ‘fixers.” Here’s what I mean; When a problem rears it’s ugly head, closed cultures want to get the problem fixed fast and get back to work. The result? No change in the status quo.
Collaborative organizations see a problem as an opportunity to innovate. Instead of fixing and getting back to work, collaborative companies – or collaborative individuals – harness the collective wisdom of the team and start looking for innovative solutions. Innovation, by definition, means to make changes in something already established by introducing new methods or ideas. Innovation changes the status quo. When men and women work together to find innovative ways to solve problems, the result is increased support and buy-in for the new ( and improved) way of doing things.
- How to Create a Community of Collaborators
- Understand the 5 Hindrances to Collaboration & How to Counter Them
- How to Create a Culture of Collaboration in Your Organization or on Your Team
- How Collaborative Cultures Communicate Effectively
- Understanding How to Reduce Costs Through Collaboration
- How to be a Creative Problem Solver