The ABCs of Collaborative Working Relationships (Part 2): Why is it just another catchphrase?
30 days in the hospital in January gave me insights to understand how a multi-disciplinary healthcare team work together. The surgeon who led my rare prognosis had a diverse team who worked together from day 1 and saw through the challenges with me. That was collaboration in action – everyone bringing their unique contribution towards a common goal with a rehab doctor to piece every one’s role together. Patient-centricity was a key success, but their ability to share information openly and collectively decide who did what & when, allowed the rehabilitation outcomes to succeed in record time! A success for all!
So why is collaboration not a catchphrase? 3 ideas to prove it’s not a catchphrase:
1. Find out what drives you crazy
- Seek to understand yourself and how you react to others.
- What makes you tick and what triggers you negatively.
- Self-awareness enables you to evaluate your response in team interactions.
2. Make everyone feel important
- Fervently build ideas around mutual intent and the value of collective intent.
- Make sure everyone understand why we’re working together, not just the what.
- Demonstrate with stories to show why conflicts are inevitable yet productive
3. Create a space of trust
- The joy of collaboration entails discovery — finding how everyone prefers to approach their work.
- Take proactive steps to focus on the goal and de-personalize differences and personality differences
- Create a meeting ambience that encourages share of voice.
On July 29th, we’re running a workshop called Results Through Relationships in Singapore. This is a kick-starter to build collaborative teams quickly through an appreciation of your key behaviours that demonstrate your strengths and your internal compass, what drives you and how you response in conflict. Get your personalized profile at the same time.
Typically it’s an in-house gig but we heard you, make it nimble and easy for small groups or individuals to sign up too. It’s an interactive session with lots of activities. Check it out and register directly.