Collaboration to perfection is achieved when a careful balance is struck between the autonomy of the individual/team and the connectivity between them.
We work together to achieve more than we could do alone. Therefore we need to align our „heads, hearts and hands“ for excellent collaboration. So how can you strengthen collaboration: Fostering independent decision making and active engagement.
Let’s find the ideal virtual meeting formats to inform, motivate and enable excellent collaboration.
‚M‘ like Meeting purpose.
Inform: Provide facts, strategic direction and make information available to empower decision making
Motivate: Create an emotional engagement with connotation and style to encourage active participation in the process
Enable: Humans desire cognitive control! Individuals seek to explain, predict and influence events of all kinds. Organize the context in which employees participate in decisions about the future organization by.
‚E‘ like End result: Reflect on the desired outcome to achieve the results you need.
Convince with facts to generate a general awareness and understanding.
Create emotional engagement to achieve acceptance and commitment.
Actively involve people to create ownership.
‚E‘ like Engage Facilitation: Address people with the most appropriate form of facilitation.
Unlike live meetings, virtual collaboration almost always requires a facilitator.
More centralized forms for providing information sources – less centralized for creating inspiring environments.
‚T‘ like Tools support: Collaboration is manifested through an unlimited number of tools.
Especially for virtual collaboration it helps to make a conscious choice of tools.
Only when the previous steps have been thought through is it possible to choose the right collaboration tool (or a combination of them).
Weigh effort, synchronicity and time required against each other.