“Play Well With Others”

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How many of us remember hearing those words from our parents when we were  growing up?  They are a parent’s advice that would serve anyone well through out their life. Today, those words take on even more significance when working with or collaborating with others in the workplace.

A 2012 IBM Survey of CEOs identified “collaboration as the number one trait CEOs are seeking in their employees with 75% saying it was critical.”

Collaboration encourages the sharing of knowledge, supports a learning culture, creates opportunities for employee growth and stretches the boundaries of organizations.

Here are some tips to developing those collaborative skills and building better partnerships:

  1. Develop One on One Relationships

    Respect and trust are the foundation of strong collaborative relationships and is developed and maintained over time. Invest time in dialogue and getting to know those you work with. Demonstrate how much you appreciate them.

  2. Listen

    Always enter a conversation with an open mind. Get to know the other person’s perspective. Understand their priorities and what is important to them.

  3. Be Curious

    Seek out others in and outside of meetings. Ask questions. Learn about what they are working on and what their needs are.

  4. Be Flexible

    Goals and priorities are always shifting into today’s fast paced workplace. Be adaptable and open to new ideas of how to do things.

  5. Offer Support

    Let others know you are there to help. Knowing someone has your back strengthens those relationships.

  6. Focus on Results

    Keep sight of the end result when working with others. Don’t get distracted by the small stuff. This will help keep those egos out of the way.

  7. Celebrate Successes

    Be the first to recognize the success of your partners both as an individual and as part of the team.

What tips do you have on collaborating with others?

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