Collaboration is Key to Business Success
Participation, cooperation and engagement are a few words that can be the catalyst to an organization’s success. However, it’s in how we apply these tenets and the actions we take in business which will be the true measure of achievement.
A challenge faced by many businesses is the inter-relational behaviors within organizations. For efficiency and accountability, we depend on others to help define our success inside our organizations. It’s the relational competencies within the constructs of this formula that are the currency for success in an interdependent world. The first step towards success is to assess the business environment – what are the available resources, what directions are being given to your internal team and what are the implementations for success?
First, educate your team by providing instruction and training. The dissemination of the business plan is a minimal change which will assist staff in understanding the business, alter behaviors for potential success and provide the necessary tools for engagement – knowledge is power.
Once the policies and procedures are understood, transformation doesn’t happen until specific behaviors are adapted. How we change behaviors is through conceptualized coaching so that we are viewed as people – not a business or an agenda. The highest relational returns are seen in the collaborative process which is the start of a dialog moving to action.
Finally, it’s our actions which determine our success, not the actions of others. In an interdependent world, changing a narrow set of behaviors allows us to stand out amongst others who are fundamentally focused on themselves.
However, an obstacle that one may encounter is personal fears and inhibitions which can limit one’s ability to perform or achieve success. The step to take is to self-diagnose – what are those “glass ceiling” elements that don’t allow for greater success? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you think your organization cares about your success – personally and professionally?
- Are you being engaged in the work environment?
- Are the relationships with your peers fluid?
A secondary obstacle to change is conflict avoidance, which is the greatest erosion of shareholder value. Organizations with low candor and high conflict avoidance achieve flat growth. This is one of the most eviscerating and counterproductive platforms in business. It’s easy to hide behind criticism or play the blame game, but true courage is to work through the relationship and earn the permission to influence. When the dialogue changes to help manifest the same conversation with a different approach – intimacy and generosity – these are the entry points for candor and accountability.
If in an interdependent world, relationships are the currency of success. It is important to be purposeful in relationships if we want everything in life that’s accessible to us. Professional currency is about letting people know you have the most robust solution and are willing do anything to make them successful until you’ve built a deep enough relationship and earn the right that they should care about you – it’s not their job it’s yours. If building relationships is dependent on your businesses’ success, when you lead with generosity and you care about someone’s success, that’s leadership.
Ultimately, it’s one’s own perceptions and beliefs which will hold us back from achieving greater success. Think of ways you can create an environment that allows for greater growth. Give your emotions; the more intimate, connected, and empathetic you are, the more people will spend time engaging, and providing more information – the start of a dialogue. If people believe fundamentally that you care then you are given permission to be as excellent as your organization wants you to be.