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3 Ways to Build Collaboration on Your Team

  • Wednesday July 6, 2022
  • Inspiration   Leadership  

Avoid these common mistakes when trying to build collaboration on your team!


Two recent studies by MIT and HBR showed one key point that we often overlook in team collaboration:


Leaders think about collaboration too narrowly: as a value to cultivate but not a skill to teach. Most organizations fall short when it comes to helping workers build this skill.


The studies uncovered alarming statistics:


– 40%+ of work time (~3.2 hours/day) is spent collaborating

– 50%+ people have received just an hour or less of training time on collaboration

– 70%+ people have been involved in at least one ‘absolutely horrendous’ collaboration


Researchers advise leaders to take a physiological approach to fostering collaboration – encouraging an outward focus in everyone, challenging the tendency to fixate on ourselves.


The studies shared training techniques for managers. 


Three examples to build collaboration on your team:


1. Teach people to listen, not talk

Ask expansive open-ended “what” and “how” questions

Show empathy to the person who talks

Become comfortable with silence


2. Make people more comfortable with feedback

Discuss feedback aversion openly

Give more specific and less abstract feedback

Give feedback on feedback


3. Train people to have win-win interactions

Teach the importance of exploring each others interests and needs

Balance talking (to express your own concerns and needs) with asking questions and letting others know that your understanding of their needs



Collaborative relationships in the workplace require ongoing maintenance. 


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