There’s a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration

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Ron Ashkenas
Date Published:
April 20, 2015
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Everyone seems to agree that collaboration across functions is critical for major projects and initiatives. The reality, however, is that meshing the skills and resources of different departments, each focused on its own distinct targets, to achieve a larger organizational goal is much easier said than done. In fact, it takes much more than people being willing to get together, share information, and cooperate. It more importantly involves making tough decisions and trade-offs about what and what not to do, in order to adjust workloads across areas with different priorities and bosses. And despite all the well-meaning cooperative behaviors, this is often where interdepartmental collaboration breaks down.


This is a great article for those of us working to incorporate collaboration into our daily work.To be most effective we need to learn and understand the view point of our colleagues and work together to develop a common goal and timeline. 

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