What is a collaborative Work Team?

A collaborative team is a group of individuals who share common beliefs and work towards common goals. Collaborative team members spend time discussing what they hope to accomplish as a team and set team and individual goals for reaching that vision.

Why is having a collaborative Work Team the key to the Future of Work and Business?

  • Critical Thinking versus Design Thinking
  • Remote working will be the future of work culture
  • Human touch becomes more crucial in the age of
    digital transformation
  • Diversity of skills are needed to build an all-star team
  • Trust is built as a result of frequent collaboration among members and also among different teams
  • Big data requires different minds to analyze to develop predictive and prescriptive analytics.
  • When everyone develops self-leadership and takes ownership of their work, the organization is on its way to being a transformed company.
  • Problem Solving is best done with the inclusion of
    different perspectives
  • Collaborative Team builds team bonding which is the spirit of team building
  • Workplace learning from a collaborative team reinforce formal learning and lifelong learning
  • Collaborative Team creates a culture of open dialogue and communication
  • A collaborative team builds resilience and morale during Work-from-Home culture in the midst of a
  • A collaborative team leads to a higher retention rate which is crucial for talent management
    Collaborative teams make people more efficient and more productive
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What are the skills needed for a collaborative work team?

  • Goal Setting. Everyone is responsible for their own goal setting, consequently, the group can align their groups together into a joint goal.
  • Communications. Everyone is equal. Everyone gets a voice. Everyone can ask a question. Everyone can contribute to what the answers are.
  • Active Listening. Make time for each other. Give each other psychological space. Remove all distractions. Paraphrase, ask questions for clarification, and showed empathy.
  • Problem Solving. One person's unsolved problem will eventually become everyone's problem. Creative problem solving is necessary both on the individual and small-group levels. Remember the lessons learned from every problem and share them with the rest.
  • Time Management. Time consciousness is necessary. As a group, set a limit for meetings. For projects, set appropriate dates to verify important milestones achieved. For individuals, create monthly, weekly, and daily task lists.

What are the different roles in a collaborative work team?

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How can we build a collaborative work team effectively?

  • Share the vision of the future. When everyone can see the future, they have created a journey together.
  • Set the level of expectation for performance early. What we expect from each other, we will expect the same from ourselves
  • Determine your key performance indicators. The KPI determines our performance. the achieved milestones determine our progress
  • Work on your group's weaknesses rather than your strength. Working on our group strength has limited upside for quantum gain. Working on the group's weaknesses will create a balanced team.
  • Encourage brainstorming often for new ideas. Every old idea or practice is to be challenged for the future of work and business. Doing something different from time to time inspires creativity and innovation.
  • Create cross-function workgroups. Rotating roles enables us to be more understanding and develop the team mindset as we implement different projects. We set our minds to consider each other's challenges, and not just our own.
  • Encourage taking risks often. A winning team is not one that never fails, but one which never learns. Taking risks enables us to attract all the necessary lessons we need to learn at work earlier than expected.
  • Have more informal gatherings. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. We heard about this since childhood but we take that for granted in adult life. Chill time enables people to decompress and recharge for the road ahead.
  • Celebrate small. Celebrate often. We take small victories and success for granted. Celebrate each other's small success help us to appreciate how far we have come as a group.

How can Andrew help us in building a collaborative Work Team?

  • Why: Changing the attitude and mindset without the pressure of focusing on a specific area of concern allows people to be more receptive to the call.
  • How: Andrew inspires and reminds the management and staff on why we do what we do. Andrew realigns the attitude and energy for every team.
  • When: At the beginning of the new financial year. At the beginning of a new change of corporate practices or automation drive.
  • Why: After the team understand why they need to be collaborative, they need to understand how to go about forging a great team
  • How: Andrew imparts skills needed for collaborative teams. Andrew profiles everyone shows how each and everyone is important to the group.
  • When: At the end of a quarter or halfway mark of the financial year. Mid-year review. Sales Kick off Meetings.
  • Why: Some leaders or managers may require specific help in areas that are crucial to lead the team
  • How: Andrew coaches the new leaders on how to lead his team with diversity and inclusion.
  • When: Any time is a good time especially for new managers.
  • Why: A trained facilitator who is a neutral third party will create rooms for authentic and deep conversation among team members
  • How: Andrew provides a safe space for everyone to share their feeling and concerns for the group and the future
  • When: A time when everyone can gather in one location with separate rooms for privacy and confidentiality
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What information does Andrew need before hiring Andrew to build a Collaborative Work Team?

  • What are the top 3 challenges of the team(s)?
  • What are some of the major accomplishments as a team for the past 2 years?
  • How do the team members manage conflict currently?
  • How does leadership influence the level of collaboration among teams?
  • Who is the "star player" in the team who is always inspiring the rest to emulate?
  • What is one word to describe the culture of the team?
  • What one word to describe the energy of the team?
  • Who else is missing in the group dynamic to make it more collaborative?
  • When was a time that the entire team wasn't performing up to expectation? What happened?

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