Eight Team Collaboration Myths Busted
Team collaboration is highly confused concept in today’s corporate world.
We easily exchange and use it for TEAM-WORK.
I have observed every one of them across organizations I have worked with – big or small.
So what are the Eight Team Collaboration myths that I strongly believe influence the attitudes of team members?
Here goes my list:
1. Collaboration Comes Naturally to Everyone.
Leaders feel that once the right tools are in place, everyone can collaborate. Collaboration is medium for achieving shared goals without any leader to resolve the conflicts. Hence set clear guidelines of shared goals, hone skills to influence and creatively bargain with each other.
2. More the Merrier.
Since the professionals have competing responsibilities and limited capacity to participate. With more number of people involved, it becomes increasingly difficult to bring everyone on common ground for decision making and conflict resolution, deterring the goal.
3. Team Building Requires Time Away from Regular Work Routines.
A team building excursion or gala lunch is not necessary to conjure collaboration. In fact, it is during work, stress and deadlines that team collaboration is most richly experienced.
4. Team Collaboration Depends upon the Leaders.
Leaders provide leadership – mission, vision, values, roadmap and the lot. They uphold and exemplify company standards but they do not drive team collaboration. Their role is to facilitate and equip teams for optimal performance.
5. Team members must like one another to collaborate.
Not really. Some of the best professionals I know don’t like their team members on a personal front. That does not deter them from working with the individuals to deliver on goals. It’s not about “liking” but about having high regard for each contributor.
6. Harmony achieves great results.
Harmony isn’t the best bed for innovative or disruptive ideas. Debate and dissent are more likely to deliver the best from teams. A genuinely collaborative team will fight it out when ideas and strategies differ but will either convince or accept to focus on a common agenda.
7. New employees bring innovation and fresh ideas to the floor.
They do. But it’s also true that the longer a team stays together, the more productive it is. Call it familiarity or comfort; these teams are well set in their expectations from each other and individual roles to deliver without too many glitches.
8. Collaboration means Video-conference, Meetings and Chat.
Tools and technology help in making collaboration easier but the right integration, hand-holding, clear processes and metrics are required to make it a success. Right tools play very small role in end result.
Kinjal Vora, (@vora_kinjal) Marketing Evangelist at Teamgum & Drona Mobile. Bringing engagement and collaboration tools to professionals around the world. Teamgum is a platform for team members to present their thoughts, knowledge, and learning to each other; open topics for debate and discussion; exhibit professionalism and accountability; and create a truly synergistic environment for team collaboration. Teamgum is a simplest link discovery, sharing and collaboration tool for professionals via browser extension and mobile app.