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Collaboration Strategies

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Focusing a Team

  1. Team Assessment: Use this assessment to take a critical looks at your team. 

  2. Visioning: Use this activity to articulate your teamís ideal future

  3. Goal Setting: Focus your team goals and set a basis for directed action

  4. Building an Action Plan: Identify specific actions to begin achieving your goals

  5. Clarifying Roles: Clarify the role of each individual team member.

  6. Understanding Change: A look at managing successful change.

  7. Conflict Awareness:  Manage team conflict before it escalates

  8. Team Norms: Setting ground rules for team participation and behavior

  9. Team Expectations: A team leader's expectations of his/her team members

  10. Team Building Games:  Sample five easy-to-implement team building games

  11. Managing the Net Generation: Understand the work expectations of a new wave of professionals

  12. Fostering Innovation: Ten key rules for fostering innovation in the workplace

  13. Workplace Productivity: Thirty strategies to boost your personal on-the-job productivity

  14. Work Culture: Twelve indicators of a healthy work culture

  15. Difficult Feedback: Tips to consider when confronting a team member

  16. Receiving Feedback: Guidelines to accept constructive feedback

Strategies for Collaboration

In a nutshell, successful teams know how to collaborate effectively.  Although collaboration can happen in many different ways, the six strategies below are frequently part of the process.  Team members must consistently exercise these strategies in order for collaboration to take place regularly.

Develop expectations: Anticipate, think ahead, and predict outcomes.

Understand perspectives: Acknowledge that everyone sees the world through his own view; recognize that comprehending this fact will serve positive communication.

Understanding style: Know that people have different styles and one style is not necessarily better than another.

Ask questions: Seek more information, seek to build competency, seek feedback, seek to understand the process and others.

Learn to listen: Make a conscious effort to hear what is being said

Speak clearly: Send a message that is received as you intend it, take responsibility for what you say, explain things fully, avoid hidden messages, avoid gossip and judgments.