Aligned with this month’s theme of collaboration, I wanted to zoom into some practical tips for your next collaboration.
As I mentioned in last week’s post around the different ways we collaborate and partner, it’s likely that collaboration is a central theme for many coaches in their work, whether they are co-designing programs, partnering with their clients or supporting teams in boosting their collaboration.
In fact, collaboration in and of itself may be an earlier step in the process of building more resilient and adaptive organizations. Take a look at this article on the 2016 book – Beyond Teams: Building the Collaborative Organization.
With many team coaches working with teams in a systems perspective, this is likely an important read.
As we step back to the collaborative relationships we are fostering, what is the intent you want to create? What are you looking to co-create together. As I have written before, many collaborative partnerships don’t just happen. They are planned.
As coaches we are great at using questions to co-create and guide us through the varying stages of relationships. With this in mind, I share several questions to explore at the different stages of a partnership or collaboration including:
Before you begin:
As you meet with your partner:
As you roll out the work, be sure to build in time together as a checkpoint along the way:
As we go to wrap up the month, what’s important to note about collaboration?
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