Collaboration Cheat Sheet
Knowing how to collaborate effectively is tougher than most people think. It takes a conscious effort to be sure that you are putting your best foot forward to get the most out of the people you are working with, whether it's just one individual or on a team. Below is a handy list of dos and don'ts that can help you improve collaboration and maximize success in any situation. We’ve put together a PDF of this Collaboration Cheat Sheet that you can download and print to keep on hand as a useful reminder.
|1. Try to understand each other!
Paraphrase what the other person has
said to check that you understood them.
|1. React right away to what you are hearing.|
|2. Get to the point first; then elaborate.||2. Ramble; don’t come to the point.|
|3. Don’t hide behind questions. Say what
you mean to say.
|3. Ask leading questions and keep others
guessing what you are thinking.
|4. Listen for the essence of the other
|5. Problem solve! Present options and
concerns in a "how-to" language, e.g.,
"How to do that within budget" or "How
to get management on board."
|5. Present opinions and concerns
as obstacles and dead ends, e.g,
"Management would never buy that" or
"We don't have the budget for that!"
|6. Accept an idea in its raw form. You don’t
have to agree with it yet.
|6. Reject ideas immediately, e.g., "That
won't work because …"
|7. Build on others' ideas to make them
|7. Abandon others to defend their ideas
without your help.
|8. Give credit where credit is due.
Acknowledge others' contribution to your
thinking and where you got the idea from.
|8. Steal bits of other people's ideas. Act as
if the entire idea is yours and
|9. Develop and adjust ideas before making
|9. Quickly jump to will work/won’t work
judgment on ideas.
|10. Welcome all, diverse ideas, e.g., "I have
a different idea; let's look at both."
|10. Discourage or suppress ideas that you
immediately can't see the value in, e.g.,
"That's not how it is."
|11. Look for what's good about an idea and
the parts that will work.
|11. Look only for flaws.|
|12. Respect who has the right to make
|12. Act as if you know what is best for
someone else's problem.
|13. BE BOLD — these are only ideas at this
stage, choose the new and exciting
|13. Choose only obvious and safe
ideas (because they are obvious and
safe to your competition as well).
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