What are the benefits of successful collaboration? The downfalls if not done well?
Collaboration has to be more than just a goal – it must become part of an organization’s daily life. It takes many forms, not the least of which is simple communication. This is often overlooked, perhaps because, on the surface, it appears to be a no-brainer. But regardless of industry, regardless or company size, lack of communication is a universal problem.
In small-to-mid-sized businesses especially, cross-functional collaboration (read: communication) is vital. Many of us wear multiple hats at work and so we often find ourselves out of our natural element. Constant collaboration among colleagues – at all levels – is important to the organization achieving its goals.
When not done well, failure abounds. We see disjointed efforts across the entire enterprise as enclaves begin working in silos. We often find people actively working counter each other, and when it comes to light, they honestly indicate they had no idea it was happening.
Collaboration in the form of 360-degree open and honest communication is paramount to the success of any organization.