By its very definition collaboration – the act of several people or organisations working together to achieve a common goal – is an important aspect of running a successful business today.
Whether we are referring to collaboration between teams within one organisation or across several organisations, the principles of sharing knowledge, breaking down siloes and encouraging cross-skilled working undoubtedly yields demonstrable benefits.
The value of effective ‘one-team’ collaboration
Establishing and cultivating an open and honest team culture – one in which everyone at all levels within the organisation is aligned, shares a common purpose and works as a cohesive unit – is central to realising the value of an effective ‘one-team’ approach.
An investment of time, effort, planning and effective leadership is needed for optimal success, to get people thinking and working in the right way and appreciating the value that this highly collaborative approach brings. It affords everyone a visibility of, and the ability to share and work to, a clear understanding of expectations and responsibilities.
In the words of Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
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