Effective Collaboration

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Today employees work less independently than ever before and that trend is expected to continue. Therefore, it’s critical that individuals and teams identify ways to collaborate effectively to accomplish set goals.

How are you positively contributing to your team? Spend a few minutes reflecting on your ability to collaborate effectively.

Are you collaborating effectively?

  • Do you encourage your other team members to share their ideas?
    • Do you listen intently and respectfully to all team members?
    • Do you maintain eye contact with speakers?
    • Do you avoid body language that might distract?
    • Do you let speakers finish their statement before you ask questions?
    • Do you ask relevant questions?
  • Do you use phrases that indicate you agree with the speaker?
  • Do you willingly share information?
  • Are you sensitive to team members’ cultural customs?
  • Do you disagree respectfully and politely?
    • Do you focus on the issue, not the individual?
    • Do you take care not to overstate your position?
    • Do you look for points that you can agree with when others have disagreed with you?
  • Are you open to criticism of your ideas?
  • Do you support the team’s decision?
  • Do you share information with your team member’s as appropriate?
  • Do you include your team members in important conversations (e.g. brainstorming, planning or decision making conversations?)

Are you providing feedback on your team member’s work respectfully?

  • Do you include positive comments?
  • Do you focus on the big picture before commenting on the local issues?
  • Do you comment on the work, not the individual?
  • Do you use words that are honest, yet polite?
  • Do you listen to understand?

Are you accountable?

  • Have you contributed to the team in a positive and productive manner?
  • Have you completed the work that was your responsibility?
  • Has the quality of your work meet or exceeded expectations?
  • Have you let your team and team leader know in a timely manner if you cannot attend a meeting or complete an assignment?
  • Have you treated all team members with respect? Have you refrained from intimidating or belittling them?
  • Have you inappropriately taken credit of other team member’s work?
  • Have you given proper credit for work that others did?
  • As you reflect on your experience as part of team how can you contribute differently? What questions above have given you food for thought?  In order to create a more collaborative team environment what will you:
    • Start Doing:
    • Stop Doing:
    • Continue Doing: