Collaboration. It’s one of those “right answer” words. Whatever your work challenge is, collaboration, it would seem, is never wrong.
Except when it is.
One of the most common mistakes of collaboration is assuming that everyone must collaborate, all the time.
“In one of our recent leader team meetings,” shared one of our clients, “our entire senior group spent 45 minutes discussing how to format our new letterhead. Later, I added up the collective time we spent, and it was an expensive decision. We have this belief that everyone has to have a voice in every decision.”
She’s right. Collaboration is one of those wonderful attributes that, when exercised to an extreme, can become an expensive liability.
To collaborate effectively, then, teams must first discuss explicitly when they will collaborate… and (importantly) when […]