Like many other things, collaboration is an orientation as well as a set of skills. Deciding to be more intentional about collaborating is a good first step, but it takes more than that. According to Shawn Callahan at Anecdote, there are seven critical personal skills necessary for effective collaboration:
- "How to apologise
- How to advocate your point of view without harming your collaborator's feelings
- How to spot when a conversation gets emotional and then make it safe again to continue meaningful dialogue
- How to listen and get into the shoes of your collaborator
- How to define a mutual intent that will inspire action
- How to tell and elicit stories
- How to get things done so you have something to show for your collaboration"
So take a close look at this list of necessary skills and then take a closer look at yourself. Do you have what it takes to collaborate?
[My thanks to John Tropea's Delicious links for alerting me to Shawn's blogpost.]