Is teamwork the same as collaboration?
When people are employed to work with a group, a team to achieve a common goal or outcome often each team member's actions are independent., even though they are all committed to the same result. Each member of a team , usually has a defined and specific job to do, to contribute to achievement of the goal, as a group.
Teams often rely on strong leadership and control or management of the work . Without this leadership and control teams often struggle and don't achieve "teamwork". Leaders in teams have a responsibility to ensure that each silo of each individual's responsibilities achieves the whole. Team members often deflect to leaders to solve whole of team issues and challenges, rather than creatively problem solve these issues, by being agile and stepping across and into roles and responsibilities, that are not assigned to them.
But is collaboration the same?
For me it isn't...
Collaborators not only work together, but to be effective they also have to think and problem solve together. Collaborators share in the responsibilities of the task and of each individual, rather than work as individuals, to achieve a common goal.
In collaboration, groups are often self-managed and they work beyond that kind of "your job- my job" thinking. Collaborators are agile, they flex and morph across tasks and work as needed to complete work. They step in and help individuals in the group when they can't complete work and problem solve without being assigned specific responsibilities to do so,
Leadership in collaboration is dependent on context and it shifts and changes and is shared by all members of the group, as necessary, to suit circumstances and needs of the shared goal and tasks.
My thoughts are that collaboration is a better approach to work towards more creative solutions and innovative outcomes.
What are your thoughts?
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