Collaboration

Effective organization management relies on collaboration between organization members as well as groups on campus. Below is information on what collaboration is and tips on how to collaborate within your organization. For more information on creating a cohesive, functional environment within your organization through the use of collaboration, contact the Organization Development Consultants (ODC) at CfLI.

 


 

Why Collaborate?

  • Can make the event more meaningful for everyone involved
  • New variety of funding sources
  • More creative minds
  • More planning resources
  • Cultural, religious and social diversity
  • Networking and outreach opportunities
  • Larger event turnout  
  • Improve image and credibility
  • Enhance the sphere of impact
  • Increase Visibility
  • Save on costs

How to Collaborate

  1. Connect with people and with a purpose 
    • Alliances are successful when key individuals connect personally and emotionally with a common social or cultural purpose and each other
  2. Clarify your purpose
    • Jointly prepare a written purpose statement
    • Vagueness and ambiguity will cloud the vision and may lead to confusion or conflict
  3. Ensure congruency of mission, strategy and values
    • Engage to identify alignment between mission, strategy and values
    • The closer the alignment, the greater potential for gains from collaboration
  4. Create value
    • Jointly and explicitly specify the benefits expected by each party
  5. Communicate between partners
    • Respect and trust are imperative
    • Communication should be open, frank, and constructive
    • Treat each other as equal partners
  6. Embrace continual learning
    • Collaboration is dynamic
    • View alliances as learning laboratories that cultivate a discovery ethic that supports continual learning
  7. Commit to partnership
    • "Over committing and under delivering can destroy partner credibility and neglect can lead quickly to partner disengagement." (James E. Austin)

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