When 1 + 1 = 1
Collaboration is a vital aspect of any organization, but it can only be effective when it leads to an outcome that is greater than the sum of the work of the individual units involved. Unfortunately, in some cases, the call for collaboration is simply a way of getting another unit to do your work for you, with little regard for the potential for mutual benefit.
True collaboration is about recognizing that working together can lead to a result that is greater than the sum of its parts. This means that 1 + 1 should equal at least 2, if not 3 or more. When seeking to collaborate with another unit, it is important to ask yourself whether you are truly committed to the collaborative process or simply looking for a way to offload some of your own work.
Ultimately, successful collaboration requires a willingness to share knowledge, resources, and expertise, and a commitment to working together towards a common goal. When done correctly, collaboration can be a powerful tool for achieving shared objectives and driving meaningful change within an organization. So, the next time you consider collaborating with another unit, be sure to approach the process with a genuine desire to work together and a willingness to contribute your fair share to the collective effort.