Can Do for Collaboration
Cooperating for collaboration requires a willingness to be aware of the limitations of a “me and mine” mindset. It also necessitates an openness to become aware of the many ways this mindset is communicated. Start by making yourself ready to let go of any “me-centric” agendas and attitudes. Make this your collaborative purpose. This is essential. Next, be willing to genuinely include others. Commit yourself to active listening. Listen more and apply empathy within the collaborative process.
These cooperative collaboration “starters” will help you set the table for effective listening and genuine empathy:
- What can we do to make things work for all concerned?
- What else can we do to support the work, group, team, client/customer, and our organization?
- Tell us more about the impact of our contributions.
- Do you see a specific way forward that will work for all concerned?
- What can we change to make this work more effectively?
- What will you commit to and do differently?
- What else can we focus on to make our collaboration productive?
Cooperative collaboration says, “Can Do”
We each have the power to change our minds and perspectives as well as our approaches and attitudes. Remember this at each phase and stage of your collaborative initiatives. Our willingness to change is part of the brilliance that is available to each of us.
Make “Can Do” your mission as you step forward.