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Consultant Proficiency Resources How 2 Series: Collaborative Culture

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Today's post recommends replacing silos created unknowingly by leaders with a Collaborative Culture. Intentional leaders must create buy-in within the organization to break down the invisible barriers known as silos. Silos must be quickly replaced with a culture of collaboration. A culture of collaboration is a work atmosphere that focuses on maximizing employees' distinct skill sets and competencies through teamwork.

Building a collaborative culture is essential for any organization that wants to foster innovation, creativity, and problem-solving capabilities. A collaborative culture is one where collaboration is regular and deliberate, and it values the idea that we are better together. A collaborative culture organically fosters inclusion. It centers on the idea that collective intelligence drives the most creative solutions. Collaboration creates feelings of community and involvement, making employees feel happier and less stressed. In short, collaborative employees are engaged employees, and engaged employees are more creative.

For a leader pursuing a collaborative culture, Indeed (Herrity, J., 2023) article supports nine critical steps to creating a Collaborative Culture. I

  1. Lead by example: Leaders should model the behavior they want to see in their teams.

  2. Establish a vision: A clear vision is the first step to creating a thriving culture of collaboration in your organization.

  3. Encourage open communication: Share your visions and encourage employees to share their ideas and opinions.

  4. Be Transparent: The most robust cultures of collaboration encourage transparency. Your organization's teams should use transparency to inform their daily tasks.

  5. Disseminate of knowledge: An integral feature of collaborative cultures is sharing knowledge to help foster best practices and competency across team members.

  6. Create opportunities for collaboration: Create opportunities for cross-functional teams to work together.

  7. Engagement: Engagement is a resulting trademark of many successfully collaborative organizations. Since collaboration is a highly active and participative task, team members may feel more energized and excited about their work when sharing visions and responsibilities with others.

  8. Celebrate success: Celebrate successes as a team.

  9. Provide training: Provide training on collaboration skills.

  10. Utilize technology: Technology has made collaboration a simple task in recent years. Using the right technological tools can improve productivity, communication, and workflow, which gives your teams an overall advantage when collaborating.


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