Collaboration is at the heart of innovation.
Newtons law, Einsteins general theory of relativity, the lightbulb and the kitchen sink are all examples of great things that have come out of some sort of collaboration. The benefits of collaboration are clear, yet the actual practice is often underestimated and difficult to get going. Here are 5 top tips for ensuring collaboration flourishes.
1/ Humble pie
Everybody’s opinion is valid. Allow people to feel comfortable in the environment to speak up if they feel they can add to an idea and collaborate. Great ideas come from all levels of the organisation from intern to CEO.
2/ Peer to peer
Treat everyone with the same level of respect.
Get your ideas out. Vocalise, share, sketch, write and build. Play. Be quick, the more ideas you get out of your brain the sooner you’ll start to see real value and inspiration. Ideas will feed new ideas.
4/ Constructive critique
Don’t be rude. The only people who have an excuse to get defensive in a critique are the people who have not had much practice. If you’re an old hand then be the one to accept criticism on the chin and move on. Learn.
5/ Dispose of ideas (your own ones!)
If an idea isn’t really working don’t dwell on it. Throw it away. Repeat.