Do you dread group projects? Are you wary of having to work closely with others? Do you think you work best on your own? If so, you are not alone. Many people dread collaborating with others because of the assumption that not everyone will pull their own weight, and unfortunately, it can sometimes be a waste of time to try and coordinate with others, organize joint efforts and accomplish a singular goal with multiple people.
Collaboration can be a frustrating process, but it doesn’t have to be a waste of time. In fact, when it’s done well, collaborating with others can be a rewarding experience and opportunity for growth. To work with others in a way that is respectful of others’ time and successfully accomplish the intent of the collaborative work, the following steps may be helpful:
• Plan ahead of time the main points of the interaction, and outline how you think the project should go.
• Speak with participants ahead of time to discuss goals and remind each one of the purpose of your collaboration.
• Have a specific goal in mind, and go into the project with the intent of accomplishing that goal.
• Resolve to be respectful of others, listen well and discourage interruption when others are talking.
• Only collaborate with people who are mature enough to handle the difficulties of working closely with others.
• Be sure to collaborate with individuals who will share common goals and bring value to the project.
With preparation and careful consideration beforehand, collaboration does not have to be a waste of time. Don’t miss out on the opportunities and benefits that come with working with likeminded people simply because collaboration hasn’t worked for you in the past. With a new approach, collaboration can be a wonderful opportunity.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC