How to Collaborate

Work Together

Many people despise working in groups. But teamwork plays a critical role in the growth of individuals in a workplace as well as in the development of an organization. Business and leadership expert Patrick Lencioni teaches teams to collaborate well across departments.

Patrick Lencioni is the Founder and CEO of The Table Group. He speaks and writes about leadership and organizational health and consults to CEOs and their teams. Patrick is the author of 10 best-selling books including The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

Collaboration can prove to be worthwhile. When teams work together, they can come up with new ideas and accomplish more than if they worked alone. In order to incorporate effective collaboration in any setting, clear communication is key.

How does your organization collaborate within departments? In what ways do separate teams work together?
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Would you say collaborative efforts go well in your company? Why or why not?
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Patrick mentioned the danger of asking a team member to do something outside of his or her team’s description. His or her loyalty, focus, and clarity of role could be in jeopardy. How does your organization communicate team member’s roles when it comes to collaboration? What do you think is done well? In what ways do you see room to grow?
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How could you apply Patrick’s collaboration principles in your workplace this week?
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Working together across teams can be challenging. Sit down with your team leaders this week to come up with a plan for the next time your teams collaborate. Strive for clear communication in terms of roles and leadership. Though collaboration takes effort, it can benefit your work environment.

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You can find more teaching from Patrick Lencioni in the course Be a Curator of Corporate Culture.