There is a strong focus on collaboration and its importance to success. Collaborative working practices apply between leaders and their colleagues and direct reports or between organisations. When it comes to major projects, more and more clients are wanting to ensure right from the start (in fact even before a tender comes out!) that each party can work together collaboratively.
But what actually is collaboration? Is it about keeping the other party happy? Well, partly it is – but this happiness should be the by-product of having a best for project or outcome mindset. Collaboration isn’t about win/lose or master/servant or self-sacrifice, it’s an arrangement where everyone wins and you work together, constructively. You may not always agree with the other party, but you need to have alignment in the end goal of mutually beneficial project success. Continue reading