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Getting more from collaborative efforts

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Collaborating can help co-workers achieve many things, but if done incorrectly, it can tear groups apart, writes Elise Mitchell for SmartBlog on Leadership. Here are seven tips to make sure your collaborations are positive ones.

  1. Make sure people understand the goal. It’s important that people understand where a project is headed, and how you expect to get there.
  2. Provide a supportive environment. Give your team members the resources they need to collaborate by providing technology, conference rooms and even a budget to put their plans into motion.
  3. Stay positive. While collaborating can be stressful at times, it is important to stay positive throughout the process, so that when your team looks to its leader, members are encouraged and excited to continue contributing.
  4. Don’t micromanage. While supporting your team is great, overcontrolling it is debilitating. Let your group know you are there to help, but let people figure things out on their own, too.
  5. Treat it like a study group. Get everyone in­­­­­­volved in the project, especially in­­­tro­­verted members. Let people contribute so you can hear the best ideas from each individual.
  6. Create a mentor system. Allow project veterans to advise newcomers so everyone can learn from one another and be on the same page.
  7. Reward and promote your members. As long as everyone is working toward a common goal instead of competing against one another, your team will be successful.

— Adapted from “9 tips for leaders to make the most of collaborative efforts,” Elise Mitchell, SmartBlog on Leadership.

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