For most of my career I have been involved in collaborating.
Although I never remembered having any collaboration training. Maybe BS 11000 is one way to facilitate collaboration training and development, in what must be a key business activity for any organisation.
I have to admit what I now know about collaboration, back then I probably would have called it communication. And the two are different although collaboration cannot happen without communication.
When communication is just coming from one direction, this certainly is not collaboration. This became very obvious to me when working on various projects. There have been projects – mostly capitail construction projects where I have seen one way direction of communication – do what I say/what I want.
The results were not great – for everyone! Why? There are reasons for this, which I won’t go ino today but the fact that a project is about people working together to deliver an agreed outcome is what collaboration is all about. Communication is just part of this.
The other key memory I have was a project dispute and looking back, the time and money that was wasted was down to poor collaboration. There was lots of communication but not enough of the other key elemnts that enable collaboration.
Collaboration – key parts
So what are the other parts of collaboration? Well staying with our project as an example here are some key activities that need to happen, for “proactive collaboration” to occur successfully.
- Communication– as I have just mentioned above, this is a key element and includes different types of communication between people whether is is creating new ideas, innovations, to reviewing and discussing various scenarios; finding out about information and its meaning to reveiweing and considering what people have said in groups and feeding back your thoughst and comments – constructively I hope.
- “Contracts” – we are continually agreeing on what we will do, making decisions either verbally or written on how we will behave and work to gether. As people collaborate more together and get to know one another these “contracts” are not even spoken, let alone written and becomes the de facto way of doing the work.
- Action – for people to work togther successfully there needs to be action. We can talk about it, we can have a contract but if no action is taken, then nothing happens
- Results – if we take action there has to be an agreed result that we all want to make happen. Whether if is to build a new building, upgrade an existing IT system to developing and delivering a new product to market. The result is the change that we are working together to try and achieve.
There are various types of collaboration but from my experience when you engage to gether with other proplr to co create ideas and solutions, in an open and transparent communicative way, working as high performing teams with an agreed common goal the energy from this sort of collaboration can be quite exhilarating and mutually rewarding for all parties involved.
I am sure we have all seen ways in which this can be done and hopefully you will have experienced this sort of proactive collaboration at sometime in your career.
But how can you achieve and maintain this high energy, proactive collaboration? Especially if you have to work with different people, partners and organisations in different parts of the world.
BS 11000 Collaboration Training
Collaboration is part of the many existing business processes and activities that we undertake during our normal working day, no matter what sector or industry we work in – private or public. So how can we facilitate a high energy, proactive collaboration across our business and with our business partners, suppliers and customers?
Having an objective and independent framework to work from can be a good starting point. Getting to understand what collaborative relationships are about, why they are good how you can achieve them with other people can identify potential opportunities that are profitable for you, your customers and your partners.
BS 11000 collaborative business relationships is a framework specification that can help you discover the requirements to establish and improve both exiting and new collaborative relationships to ensure they are effective, optimised and deliver mutual benefits to everyone involved.
What is BS 11000?
Well if you would like to find out more click the following link http://bit.ly/MceAeC to read more about BS 11000 and you can complete a collaboration checklist at the same time. If you are still hungry for more just email below to find out more about BS 11000 collaboration training to see how you can improve your collaborative business relationships and profits.
Keep on collaborating,