Collaboration is a powerful way to accelerate results – as well as access innovative trends and solutions in the marketplace. In this episode, Melanie explores how collaboration can be used in a small business as well as some of the common pitfalls of this type of team effort that you can avoid by being aware.
1:04 Melanie shares what collaboration is and how it works inside a small business, non-profit or association to accelerate results.
3:40 Melanie explores how collaboration can elevate community and speed up results for non-profits and associations.
4:50 Melanie believes that Collaboration is better than competition. For instance, “two heads are better than one – and seven minds can propel you even faster." More effective problem solving happens as well as higher level innovation through collaborative mind sharing.
6:00 A collaborative team often uses the power of friction, but if you don’t understand how this messy energy pays off, you may implode the team efforts.
9:02 One of the challenges that can surface with a collaborative workforce is the “stray cat syndrome” when a leader is frustrated trying to herd independent professionals.
15:05 A collaborative skill sharing environment can elevate your ability to serve your client. Example is shared, Contemporary VA.
16:52 If you are a non-profit, association or are community-centric in your business, watch what Women Speakers Association is doing to grow quickly via a collaborative team.
20:53 A pivot point for an entrepreneur can be entering into a collaborative partnership as it can open doors to new markets as well as overcome weak areas. An example of a powerful collaborative partnership, Leaders to Luminaries, is explored.
23:00 In order to harness the power of collaboration, Melanie covers a few do’s and don’ts so you can avoid common pitfalls. Be sure to catch the tip on how to re-ignite the passion for a collaborative team member who is not following through on their role assignments.
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