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Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Introduction

Handbook For Effective Collaboration Greg Abell In Partnership with the Collaboration Lab Introduction Balancing “Task” and “Maintenance” is essential to supporting effective collaboration and teaming.   Task refers to the work or purpose of a group.  What has the group set out to accomplish?  Maintenance refers […]

Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Principles of Effective Collaboration

Principles of Effective Collaboration Principle 1:  There is a commitment to Mutual Purpose and Mutual Benefit So why do we choose to collaborate in the first place?  The answer is both simple and complex.  If you pose this question to groups, typical responses will include: […]

Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Creating Shared Expectations – CLARITY OF PURPOSE

Clarity of Purpose. Why are we a team? Why have we chosen to work together? What is the work before us? How many of you have participated in a group or on a team where the purpose or objective of the group was unclear?  This […]

Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Creating Shared Expectations – UNDERSTANDING ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Understanding Roles and Responsibilities. Why am I a member of this group? Why are you? Many teams struggle because there is a lack of clarity as to roles and responsibilities of team members. Recognizing the importance of relationships, effective teams focus on: Connection before Content:  […]

Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Creating Shared Expectations – GROUP BEHAVIORAL NORMS

Shared Expectations regarding Group Behavioral Norms. How will we treat each other as a group? How will we safely and effectively engage the diversity of opinion that is bound to show up?  “All too often in families, in organizations, and in communities, when well intentioned […]

Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Creating Shared Expectations – CLARIFICATION OF INTERNAL STRUCTURES

Clarification of Internal Structures How will we organize to get the work done? Communicate? Share information? Set and prioritize agendas? In effective teams participation is high, investment in the outcome is high and information flow is dynamic and appropriate.  In less effective teams participation is […]

Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Creating Shared Expectations – IDENTIFICATION OF EXTERNAL CONNECTIONS

 Identification of External Connections. Does your team invite and adapt to feedback or does it become defensive and rigid.  When we speak of teams with effective External Connections we are looking for:  Appropriate communication and exchange of information between the team and the external system […]

Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Creating Shared Expectation – OPERATIONALIZATION OF CORE VALUES

Operationalization of Core Values We are often drawn to collaborate with individuals and organizations that share our values.  We find ourselves committed to work collaboratively on work that addresses these core values, often around high stakes issues.  How we jointly operationalize these values will influence […]

Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Creating Shared Expectations – IDENTIFYING A COMMON LANGUAGE

Identify a Common Language Organizations will develop language that facilitates their collective engagement of their work.  This language may evolve over time and is often a manifestation of the deeper culture of the organization.  The language used may also be representative of the way in […]

Handbook for Effective Collaboration – Bibliography

Bibliography   Berger, Warren.  A More Beautiful Question:  The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. New York: Bloomsbury. 2014.   Dukes, Franklin, Marina Piscolish and John Stephens. Reaching for High Ground in Conflict Resolution:  Tools for Powerful Groups and Communities.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.  2000. […]