WHEN SENIOR MANAGERS WON'T COLLABORATE

@Harvard Business Review by Heidi K. Gardner
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EXPERT EXCERPTS: REAP THE BENEFITS, AVOID THE DRAWBACKS

“… for the professionals involved, the financial benefits of collaboration accrue slowly, and other advantages are hard to quantify. That makes it difficult to decide whether the investment in learning to collaborate will pay off. Even if they value the camaraderie of collaborative work, many partners are hard-pressed to spend time and energy on cross-specialty ventures when they could be building their own practices instead. True multidisciplinary collaboration requires people to combine their perspectives and expertise and tailor them to the client’s needs so that the outcome is more than the sum of the participating individuals’ knowledge. If professionals better understood the trade-offs, and if firms lowered the organizational barriers to collaboration, then not only clients but also the professionals themselves and their firms would benefit handsomely… …My findings show how the benefits of collaboration play out. They paint a realistic picture of the barriers that often prevent professionals from working together. And they suggest changes that both individuals and firms can make to reap more of the advantages and avoid more of the drawbacks.”

IGNITE IS HERE TO HELP!

As argued by the article, collaboration becomes challenging when the general consensus is that “I don’t benefit from collaborating.” Avoiding this mindset is a challenge that we at Ignite strive to tackle. That’s why we developed our Collaboration Growth Stream (COLLAB/X) in order to show that collaboration is indeed beneficial to both an individual and a team as a whole. We want to help develop you and your team’s ability to effectively collaborate with others based on your respective strengths, aspirations, and needs.