Previously I wrote about the role of intent in building effective collaboration. This week I want to look at the role of strategy. As I see it, there are two strategic phases in the creation of a successful collaborative effort.
While you are determining if collaboration has merit (honing your intent) you will invariably begin to formulate strategy for how this effort will roll out. In this phase you essentially get to map out the things you want to bring to the collaborative effort (and what you hope to get from it). Once you enter the collaborative space, you will have to accept a different reality, but right now it’s all about you. The idea is to enter into collaboration as well prepared as possible. You want to be armed with ideas, goals and plans as well as with the openness and sense of possibility that the collaborative process thrives upon. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
Now that you have formulated your ideas, plans and goals and you have engaged the person(s) with whom you will collaborate, you can move on to the second strategic phase of collaboration. A few things to consider:
The time and effort put into planning collaboration and to creating the collaboration space is of course only the beginning.
Next week I’ll take a look at pulling it all together with action steps.