Collaboration Isn't Easy, But It's Worth It

Collaboration has been on our mind recently,
but then again, it always is. There’s something about idea flow, innovative thinking, a group working toward the same solution, all components of great collaboration, but it has to happen organically, and we know that’s not as easy as it sounds. But when one idea is all you need to jumpstart problem solving, it’s worth the work to get there.

Because collaboration is at the core of HOWDO (along with curiosity and creativity), there’s something about digging into how to make collaboration productive for you and your team. 99U, a creativity and innovation-focused media outlet, said it best. This piece, by author and “personology” expert Christian Jarrett, is all about understanding collaborative teams. It caught our attention a while ago, and now seems like the right time to pass it on. We have dubbed June the month of collaboration, after all.

“The mere presence of other people engaged in the same task as us can boost our motivation”

So how can we make collaboration work? Really, Jarrett says, it’s all about mutual understanding. Read on for some of his research-backed findings that we found most interesting, but then click out to get the full rundown.

1. The mere presence of other people can boost your performance.

Simple. Having other people around you, engaged in the same task can be a motivation booster for the entire team.

2. A balance of extroverts and introverts makes for a better team (and men and women).

While extroverts will grab your attention and showcase their abilities, you might need to search a little harder to spot the talented quiet types. But don’t go too far the other way and ignore extroverts — a balance of complementary personalities is often the most effective mix.

3. The best teams communicate outside of formal meetings.

Now this, is HOWDO. Get outside of that corporate mindset with a change of scenery. Find yourself somewhere more comfortable, where inspiration comes a little easier, because of the informality.

More specifically, “the most productive creative teams are those that strike the perfect balance between “exploration” and “engagement” – sourcing new ideas from outside the team and integrating ideas within the team.”

erik herskind