This is my recap of the 2/3 #Bufferchat hosted by @buffer. Join the social conversation every Wednesday at 12pm EST and discuss all things Social.
Q1: Why collaborate?
- There is NEVER 1 way to do something
- Smart people understand the power of many & surround themselves with smarter people
- Collaboration is fantastic for team building
- Collaboration combines past knowledge with new ideas
Q2: What are the key aspects of great collaboration?
- The willingness to ask AND listen
- Tear down silos first – focus on the goal or problem to solve
- Clarify the goal and choose the right tool to share & document solutions
- A moderator or sponsor who keeps the discussion moving and focused on the goal
Q3: How can you know if you’re a good match with a potential collaborator?
- No way to know until the ideas start flying
- Are members of the team willing to focus on the goal rather than their department?
- You are both invested in the problem’s resolution
Q4: Is there such a thing as too many collaborators on a project?
- More than too many collaborators, are you able to sort through & prioritize the solutions?
- Depends on the project / goal – size of business impact
- This is why a moderator / leader is needed for large group collaboration
- Options are great, but avoid analysis paralysis – planning without action will sink you
- There can be too many cooks; if some on the team do not collaborate, it may be time to let them walk
Q5: Have you ever had a bad collaboration experience? How did you work through it?
- I explained to the person that we work for the same team with the same goal – forget about department
- I cannot stand providing ideas without getting feedback or the team taking action
Q6: What are some unexpected collaborations that have worked really well?
- Working across multiple department lines to find the right solution and deliver it on time to the customer
Q7: What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned about collaborating with others?
- Keep an open mind; you never know where a solution will come from
- One person does not have all the answers
See you at the next #Bufferchat