IDG Contributor Network: A simple, 5-step process that leads to collaborative success
Collaboration is not just a business buzzword, it’s what drives successful businesses.
And yet, many executives confuse collaboration with communication. They are not the same thing. Communication is the exchange of information between people. Collaboration happens when teams work together to generate work product that’s greater than the sum of each individual’s contributions.
While collaboration needs seamless, continuous communication, those two things shouldn’t be considered synonymous. With that distinction made, let’s get into the importance—some would even say necessity—of collaboration.
Did you know that Charles Darwin credited collaboration with mankind’s success? “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” It’s tough to argue with Darwin. So, I won’t. In fact, as it relates to business, I agree that collaboration is essential.