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3 Ways to Build Collaboration on Your Team

Wednesday July 6, 2022

3 Ways to Build Collaboration on Your Team

Wednesday July 6, 2022

Build Collaboration on Team

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. 

 

Teamraderie experiences focused on Collaboration will help your team members build the core skills.

"When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." - Mattie Stepanek

Teamraderie Experiences for Collaboration

Does your team need to evolve how it collaborates with each other – or adjacent functions?

Led by NASCAR’s first pit crew coach, this experience aims to improve collaboration and introduce flexibility mindsets through an interactive activity and discussion. During the experience, you will learn how pit crews collaborate to balance speed and accuracy to secure team victories together. Using a kit containing a NASCAR toy car provided by Teamraderie, you will perform two timed pit crew trials and discuss how to apply these lessons at work.   

Don’t miss this opportunity to improve how your team’s work together, leaving you with new insights, a feeling of camaraderie, and a revitalized team spirit.


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Does your team need to strengthen communication and interpersonal relationships?

Led by a Radical Candor coach, this experience aims to level up communication through an interactive workshop. During the experience, you will participate in three rounds of pair and group exercises, each building on the previous activity. Through the use of breakout rooms and the Radical Candor framework provided by Teamraderie, you will learn how to build more meaningful relationships, communicate more effectively, and bring your best self to work every day.

Seize this chance to cultivate your communication skills, resulting in fresh insights, a sense of camaraderie, and a rejuvenated team spirit.


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