I have interacted with a lot of young people, especially as it relates to their personal, career and professional development. Young entrepreneurs and workers in blue chip companies, and I have seen a huge gap in their progresses. Everyone wants to succeed in their endeavors and I have seen disruption of systems for the betterment of the society. I have seen youths create some records and then shatter it. It is no news that the power of the millennial lies in their incredible creativity. Although the creativity is the real deal but there is a huge gap as I slated earlier. That huge gap is the need for an effective collaboration from every player and critical stakeholder in whatever industry the youth find themselves.
What is collaboration?
Collaboration is when a group of people come together and contribute their expertise for the benefit of a shared objective, project, or mission. A painter teaming up with carpenter to gift a school some set of furniture. The IT specialist working closely with the entrepreneur to bring a lasting economic solution to a community. In other words, collaboration is the process of group work. But it is also a skill you learn. I would say how well you collaborate with others will greatly impact the outcome of the project at hand. Collaboration is the combined effort that gives each individual player a sense of satisfaction.
One of the major contributors to the success any endeavor is whether or not its players are able to work together for a common goal. With increasing competition everywhere, it has become imperative to encourage creativity, in order to promote productivity and improve healthy relationships among the youth.
Collaborating or simply put, working as a team enables youths to be faster and more effective in their work, as compared to those who work on their own. Collaborating also makes youths more responsible and sparks up creativity, which goes a long way in raising their motivation levels, especially when teams work virtually. Working together for a desired goal cannot be overemphasized. As the old saying goes, united we stand, divided we fall.
The importance of Collaboration.
1. Problem solving.
Brain-storming is one importance of Collaboration. You collaborate with others to solve the problem at hand. When youths pool their knowledge, skills, and expertise, then talk problems out and debate potential solutions, projects that were stalled will begin to move forward once again.
2. A tool to Unify the team.
Collaboration also makes the team to freely interact with each other. Regardless of the complexity of the background of individuals, collaboration brings everyone together for a common goal.
3. Morale boost
Working with new people from different walks of life also opens up channels that would have remain closed. Finding new ways to communicate and share information is hugely important to the success of any project, which is why collaboration should be utilized whenever possible to form bonds between teams and organizations. As connections are made between teams, people will naturally trust each other more, which can gradually boost the morale of everyone involved in a project. After all, projects aren’t going to be successful if there is lack of trust and low morale. Regularly working together with people outside of your own team is one of the most effective ways to build trust.
4. More Communication channels
Working with new people from different walks of life also opens up channels that would have remain closed. Finding new ways to communicate and share information is hugely important to the success of any project, which is why collaboration should be utilized whenever possible to form bonds between teams and organizations.
5. A platform to share knowledge
One of the best things about working collaboratively with people who bring different skill sets and backgrounds to the table is learning from their experience. Collaborating with team members or even different teams is a learning experience. Teams that collaborate not only have an opportunity to learn from each other—their mistakes, successes, failures, workflow, etc.—they’ll also gain an understanding of the other team’s perspective. You get a chance to hear their side of things: their pain points, priorities, even the way they think. Which can be really valuable as you work together going forward.
Working independently has its advantages. One can focus entirely on one project without having to factor in how much time will be lost to distraction, especially as it relates to deadlines to be met.
But for many types of projects, collaboration is just more efficient. When the project is complex and demanding, youths have to be able to admit to themselves that they need an external support. And it can only be a group effort. That is where collaboration comes in. It helps to divide a heavy workload, and find creative solutions to tough problems.
A team that makes collaboration a big part of its culture is bound to normalize this style of working, and the result is the creation of a more efficient environment for efforts to yield the desired result.