Collaboration is a powerful competitive strategy for today’s organizations—and for individuals also. Why? It’s because no one can develop the skills necessary fast enough to meet the increasing demands of customers. Today you have to partner with others if you are going to succeed. What can leaders do to improve collaboration in their organizations?
Ken Blanchard identified three strategies in his presentation yesterday to over 700 people who joined him online for a webinar on The Power of Collaboration. Ken believes that there are three ways that leaders can help their organizations become more collaborative.
- Model collaboration. How do the senior leaders in your organization work together? Do different business units cooperate with each other, or is the situation more competitive? Behavior speaks volumes. When employees see their senior leaders work collaboratively, they know that this is an important value in the organization.
- Adopt a learning attitude. You have to be curious and willing to learn. If you believe that you already have all the answers, you’re probably not going to see the value in collaborating.
- Be a humble, high performer. In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins identifies that the best companies have leaders that mix a resolve for high performance with an equal dose of humility. It’s a powerful combination that achieves results yet maintains perspective.
A recording of Ken’s presentation is available online at no charge. You can view the presentation and see everything that Ken covered by clicking here.