The benefits of effective collaboration are well recognised.
The maxim “two minds are better than one” illustrates the commonly-held view that combining forces, resources, knowledge and skills with others in pursuit of a common goal can result in so much more than acting alone.
Working well with others provides the potential for Collaborative Advantage, where the sum of the parts becomes greater than the sum of the individuals or partners involved.
Whatever the setting (business, sport, teamwork of any kind) the promise of the collaborative edge lies in the ability of the collaborators to work well together in a concerted effort.
Whether collaboration involves 2 or 10 people, finding ways of working well together is the difference that really can make the difference.
But the “collaborative advantage” is not guaranteed. It takes time and a little effort (like most things worth waiting) to work out how to really work well together.
So if the advantage is not a given, what does it take to make it work?
To be continued…