We all talk about encouraging collaboration as a way of working in our organisation and across organisations.
It’s a difficult task. In a recent APM Knowledge SIG that I took part in we looked at Collaboration, co-operation and competition – project environments through a knowledge lens.
With some great example of how different organisations are encouraging collaboration.
But the fun started when we asked the audience how do you kill collaboration in an organisation?
And how do you do it at different levels in the organisation?
We asked for them to come up with silly, crazy, insane and a few sensible answers to this question.
And here is a summary of some of the responses:
1.Refuse to use common systems
2.Hide behind rules
3.Be unwilling to share experience/knowledge
4.Be unwilling to stay informed
5.Lack of communication / commitment
6.Claim responsibility for other work
8.Allow no time to collaborate
9.Insist on email only for communication
10.Have no team meetings or briefings
11.Be a mood hover
12.Have a lack of emotional intelligence
14.Constant Team restructure
15.Have no strategy
16.Create a blame culture
17.Using unhelpful metrics
18.Reward wrong behaviours
20.Discourage social interaction between colleagues
21.Create the fear of failure
One thing we did note is that there will be a lot of cross-over between the levels. But the impact of the behaviour by people at the different levels will make or break collaboration in the organisation.
What other ways could you suggest would kill collaboration in an organisation?