Since we started promoting our work at Collaborative Climate, this question has been asked the maximum number of times. What do you mean by Collaboration?
We have generally provided a standard definition of what collaboration means in dictionary: when we get together with others to achieve something.
Here, through this article, I wish to share my thoughts at a deeper level.
So, let’s explore Collaboration and even whether it’s a fad and a temporary need!
As kids we were all fond of Panchtantra Stories, do you recall these pictures?
The above is from the dying father who wants his sons to stick with each other through thick and thin, and uses the analogy of ‘a bundle of sticks’ vs. ‘a single stick’. Click here to read the story and refresh your memory!
How about this picture below?
The flock of birds in search of seeds gets caught up in the net and they collectively decide to fly-away with the net. Click here to watch a video on this story and refresh your memory!
Take a minute to collect the morals of these stories.
It was ‘Unity is Strength’, wasn’t it?
For humans to evolve, problem solving comes extremely central (Kevin MacDonald and Scott L. Hershberger) not only to survive but also to develop. The problems can be the daily challenges or the wide range of challenges that exist for individuals and even for groups. And the social structure plays a key role in solving these problems. The social structure can make or break the individual evolution and development. Reconsider the Panchtantra Stories above in this light.
So clearly, Collaboration and the need for it is definitely not a fad, a fancy word or a temporary need. In current times of the Corporate World, all we need to do is understand the applicability of these theories and the lessons we should learn.
When it comes to defining what Collaboration is and what it means to the Corporate World, we suggest this 3A Design:
The team-members have a collective goal, an aim to achieve. They actively define the mission. The aim reflects the problem(s), the need for it to be solved and provides the direction for defining the mission.
The team-members attend to each other’s’ needs and preferences. They take care of each other not only in times of distress but also on regular basis. Here, they must seek how others view the problems and the ways they want to solve them. Agility while executing the mission is required.
The team-members accelerate and further develop each other’s strengths. They encourage and energise others. And why not, it’s the age of accelerated success and even desires of over-night success. The best way to do that is focus on strengths and not the weaknesses!
Watch this video to observe this 3A Design at work – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zacF1pZR1Fg
So is the 3A Design a Utopian design for a work-place, i.e., a design that imagines a place which is like a never-land as it’s so perfect? Is this design even really achievable? How do you really apply this design in the cut-throat work-places we work and live in?
Stay tuned, more coming up soon!
Meanwhile, let us know if you would like us to conduct a bite-sized Gamified workshop in your organisation on the 3A Design and its relevance in our times.
Instructional and Game Designer | Learning Facilitator
Founder & Partner-Collaborative Climate