A Better Africa Introduction

Support
  • Johannesburg
  • SOUTH AFRICA
PUBLIC PROFILE

Why collaborate

Posted by Janice Scheckter on 28 July 2019 2:00 PM CAT

I’ve written so extensively on the need and benefits of collaboration over the past few years, that I felt unsure about the title of this very simple blog. But the intent is a simple reminder of the ‘why.

 

The ability to work collaboratively in terms of workplace skills sits right alongside critical thinking and problem-solving.  

But here is my shortlist on reasons to collaborate

 Speed of innovation and diversity of ideation

The stage is set for collaboration when purpose and vision are shared. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there is agreement on the roadmap and milestones. Vigorous debate, disagreement, defensible positions and aggregation of ideas should emerge. But when there is a unifying purpose, co-creation through collaboration will happen.

Stakeholder alignment

The diversity of a collaboration should represent a healthy cross-section of the stakeholder ecosystem ensuring alignment. Borrowing from traditional stakeholder mapping that may include power/influence axes.

Flexibility of the collaborating team

As collaboration improves, so too does the collaborating team’s ability to handle the sudden change. This may mean frequent pivots to ecosystem changes.

Accelerated business/impact velocity

Again, with a unified vision, the collaboration builds strengthened thinking to deal with ongoing challenges. While the collaboration alone will not accelerate the required impact, with the appropriate commitment to action, it provides a critical cornerstone.  

From next week, look out for a weekly blog on building powerful and meaningful online communities.

Janice Scheckter, CEO of Indigo New Media calls herself a collaboration activist and believes that the problems of South Africa and many other countries could build a collective of heuristics that drove solutions.  

 

 

There are no comments

Sign in to add your comment.

Recent Posts

A guide for educators teaching disabled students during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in schools being closed across the world and in the adoption of...
read more
With no virtual classroom, how are teachers dealing with the “New Norm”?.
As I write this, it’s almost three months since the introduction of the nationwide lockdown....
read more
WHY COMMUNITY? WHY NOW?
Organisations, multi-sectoral stakeholder groups, crisis committees, sales teams, NGOs and support...
read more
What is an online community?
Simply put, an online community consists of a group of individuals representing either themselves or...
read more
Why Participate in Peer-to-Peer Online Teacher Communities
In my previous blog post, I alluded to the role that online communities can play to re-inspire...
read more
Could peer-to-peer online teacher communities, re-inspire educators?
Many teachers today, suffer from a loss of motivation to continue in their chosen profession. The...
read more
Why collaborate
I’ve written so extensively on the need and benefits of collaboration over the past few years, that...
read more
Is data privacy a luxury good?
About five years ago, I had a less than pleasant encounter with an arrogant, known Johannesburg...
read more
Rethinking the neighbourhood as a community
Sounds a little bizarre because neighbours have always been a community right? Well, it’s only right...
read more
Why we need a more human internet
Platforms, The Platform Revolution, Communities and customer retention, the building of smart...
read more

Go to blog