Collaboration is not consensus

150 150 David DeWolf

Collaboration is a powerful art. Those who collaborate effectively deliver higher quality and more creative results. High-performing teams undoubtedly leverage collaboration as fuel for their rocket ship.

What is the secret to collaboration? An open mind, creativity, clear communication, and conversational skills definitely come to mind. A critical piece, however, that is often overlooked, is the ability to drive discussions to closure.

Collaboration is not consensus. Teams that seek consensus fail to deliver results. True collaboration requires a strong leader who knows how to bring multiple perspectives together into a conclusion that is greater than the sum of the parts.

There’s no question that two heads are better than one. Have you learned to collaborate effectively? What are some of the tricks you’ve found to collaborating effectively?