Collaboration Tip #1: What Kinds of Problems Need Collaboration?

Author name: 
Richard Crespin
Blog Category: 
Op-Ed
Green Topics: 
Integrative Process

You and your boss don’t really collaborate. Neither do you and your employee, or you and your supplier.

You might work collaboratively, but ultimately one of you has power and authority over the other. Real, substantive collaboration—getting people to cooperate without power and authority—takes a lot of work, and so you only want to collaborate on challenges that need it.

Most problems don’t require substantive collaboration. Ninety percent of daily problems can be solved individually or through power-and-authority relationships. So what kinds of problems need substantive collaboration? Adaptive problems.

Kind of Problem

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