Team collaboration – partnering with other businesses to identify solutions that are greater than the sum of their parts

Successful team collaboration in business is all about ensuring each and every element of a project and business relationship is working in perfect sync to bring about the desired result.

Most importantly, this is about supporting people’s collaborative behaviours and competencies with the right processes and systems. As we move into a truly global economy, this has become more and more important for growing businesses. Outsourcing and partnering are becoming increasingly common across multiple industries, locations and time zones, so it’s important that you understand the key elements of successful team collaboration. It’s true that there are existing tools like video conferencing to make the process easier, but these are not quick fixes – you still need to have the correct organisational behaviours, processes and systems to be able to take action and measure the outcomes. For example, during a video conference, everyone will probably be taking their own notes throughout. Someone will need to take responsibility for collating it all, so it can be agreed what was communicated and a list of appropriate actionable points created.

The principal challenge here involves making sure that everyone involved in a project and business relationship is working in a way that suits them and allows them to perform at their best, and integrating this into the ‘big picture’, so the different elements complement and support each other. If this isn’t achieved then projects will fail to meet deadlines and may go over-budget and team collaboration will fail. Fortunately, the BS 11000 framework specification offers a practical, effective approach for ensuring that team collaborations in business deliver the desired results and that everyone involved will benefit from them, which forms the basis for my own approach to team collaboration and visualisation. I often describe this as being composed of four key elements: communication, agreement, actions and outcomes .

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Best regards

Jason

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