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3 secrets to collaboration

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How well do you and your boss communicate?

Two people working closely must communicate well in order to collaborate and work effectively. Miscommunication breeds misunderstandings.

According to research from Gallup, people who are “excellent collaborators” give themselves high ratings for each of the following statements:

  1. We rarely misunderstand each other.
  2. We are good listeners for each other.
  3. We show appreciation for what the other does.

On a 1-to-5 scale, people in good partnerships average at least 3.6 on these statements, while excellent collaborators score a perfect 5.0. Anything below 2.0 is poor.

Bottom line: The most successful collaborators spend enough time communicating to know what the other is thinking, and they encourage each other along the way.

— Adapted from Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life, Rodd Wagner and Gale Muller.

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