Here are the things you need to consider when you want to improve your collaboration skills according to CMA Consulting:
- Build a Trust – When it comes to working, the most important thing is to build and maintain trust; whatever you do, you must develop and maintain trust to have a successful collaboration; when you build confidence in someone, you will not have negative thoughts about what they will say; before you go to the association, make sure that you have already given your trust to them; make sure that you have already done your research on them and built your confidence before collab. If you want the other side to trust you, you must first trust them. When you put your trust in each other without giving them the benefit of the doubt, things work out.
- Take Chances, Don’t Fight – When there are risks or misunderstandings between the two parties, make sure you don’t jump to the conclusion that it’s a fight; make sure that when you enter collaboration, you understand that risks will always come your way; make sure you know how to handle those situations, and make sure you learn how to adjust for the other side so that whatever happens goes smoothly. When risks arise, make sure you take the time to talk to each other and discuss the problem so that both sides can solve it. When you enter collaboration, it is always between the two sides so that when a problem arises, both sides will take action. Do not assign blame; blaming is not a good way to solve problems. Don’t get into a fight, especially if you don’t understand what’s going on; instead, discuss quietly and figure out how to make things work the way you both want them to.
- Accept Changes – If there are minor changes in your collaboration, don’t get angry or upset; sometimes, things do change; all you have to do is ask what happened, why did that happen; make sure to ask nicely; sometimes. You are the one who will make changes; as a result, make an effort to let them understand you; tell them why there are changes; and always inform them so that when the time comes that there are changes on their side, you’ll understand because you were told.
- Make good communication a priority – Communication is critical to the success of any partnership. Good communication is highly beneficial; it allows you to tell the other side what your insights, ideas, and thoughts are, as well as what you want to know, what you know, and what questions you have so that you can ask them what they want to say, what they want to share, and what questions they have so that everything is clear and no one is bothered. If you’re unsure what’s going on, don’t be afraid to inquire; effective communication isn’t bad; it helps both parties have successful cooperation.
CMA offers collaboration training courses that can help you improve your collaboration skills.