Situation: Uncoordinated collaboration
“So, which one of us is doing this?”
Some projects have no plan, no overall direction of where it’s going long-term and the activities required take to get there. Other projects may understand the objectives, have a general sense of the activities and outputs, but have no structure for how people will work together: how often are we meeting? how are we using those meeting times? when can the team expect to see outputs? will we review the outputs prior to getting together? what’s the best way to communicate feedback?
The effect: When people don’t know how they’re working together, they don’t know whether they should be making decisions individually or as a group. They don’t know whether they need to focus on building consensus or getting buy-in. In short, they
The challenge: This situation may stem less from poor planning and more from an anti-collaboration culture or mindset. Deep-rooted reluctance to collaborate, either in the corporate culture or in the individuals, will be difficult to change.