Cultivating an environment where collaboration, rather than competition or criticism, becomes standard practice is key for a growing business. Let’s take a closer look at what it means and how it can benefit your company.
So Happy Together – Inspirational Quotes and the Benefits of Collaboration
The Turtles, “So Happy Together” may not be about collaborating in business, but maybe it should be. The song’s lyrics reference the type of commitment strong teams have toward one another as well as their healthy obsession with the challenges at hand. Here are 12 quotes about collaboration that you can use to inspire and motivate your team:
“Life is not a solo act. It’s a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife.” – Tim Gunn
“Alone we are smart. Together we are brilliant.” – Stephen Anderson
“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton
“The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other.” —Thomas Stallkamp
“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the.” world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth
“It takes two flints to make a fire.” – Louisa May Alcott
“Teamwork… is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” —Andrew Carnegie
The Benefits of Collaboration in Workplace Culture
If your perception of the word “collaboration” is equivalent to cooperation, you’re not going far enough. Collaboration is defined as, “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.” Inherent is the idea that not only are people working together, they’re working together with a specific goal, outcome, result, or new creation in mind.
Collaboration enables shared resources (time, money, minds, labor, etc.) to come together to create a bigger or better outcome than individuals can create alone. It’s an environment that enables people to work to their strengths, and sometimes even their preferences when it comes to tasks and responsibilities, since work and duties can be divided for maximum efficiency.
Fostering a company culture where collaboration is the standard for day-in, day-out performance as well as when specific challenges emerge can help employees feel more confident, even more confident in taking risks, due to the “we’re all in this together” mentality. Likewise, in collaborative workplaces, individuals may be less likely to take actions that may have negative consequences on people they view as teammates (not just co-workers). Company policies and practices can grow and evolve from collective knowledge and experience in a collaborative environment. Assets can be devoted to solving specific problems, leaving others to keep their focus elsewhere.
Sounds good, right? Many companies have embraced variations of team-based business models, but with varying success. It takes more than putting people into “teams” to cultivate a truly collaborative workplace. Harvard Business Review notes that trust is foundational to collaboration, and that five specific ingredients must be present if this type of culture is going to emerge:
- Trustworthy people must be hired/promoted
- Leaders must work alongside employees
- The costs of distrust must be publicized
- Compensation can’t be the only reason people come to work
- Pay inequalities must be minimized
As you can see, it falls to leadership to do more than put people into teams in order to cultivate collaboration. First and foremost people must trust not just the process, but their teammates. Power and hierarchy need to be nearly eliminated. People must have inherent “buy in” to the mission or purpose of the group or company. Everyone in the group, including and especially its leaders, must be trustworthy, which also implies transparency, and there must be a group bias towards trust and interdependence, which often only comes from experience over time.
Companies with a collaborative environment may be gifting themselves not only the ability to do more, but to feel better about doing it. Team members can rely on one another, celebrate together, and feel more connected not just to the team but also to the company.
As with any other aspect of company culture, it’s not going to happen by accident. By gaining a deeper understanding of the benefits of cultivating a collaborative workplace and the road map for how to achieve it, you’re one step closer to making it a reality for your organization.