Collaboration skills are talents, skills and knowledge that allow an individual to be productive and creative in groups. This relates to influencing, teamwork and the ability to involve a large number of stakeholders in your work. Collaboration skills are highly valued by employers as it is common for employees to be disconnected, disengaged, overly political and overly independent such that the organization fails to act together. The following are common examples of collaboration skills.
Delivering to Commitments
Responsibility & Accountability
Taking Action Items
Tolerance for Disagreement
Detailed ExamplesListening with intent to understand.Giving presentations that clarify an issue or build support for change.An investment banker who has the cultural capital to influence other investment bankers.An IT manager who takes initiative to collaborate with other IT teams.
A software developer who takes action items in meeting, manages expectations and delivers to commitments.A project sponsor with high tolerance for disagreement who is able to clear complex and emotionally charged issues.A socially perceptive business analyst who is able to influence by reading emotion and intentions to nudge conversations in a productive direction. A senior technologist who is able to tell the story of why a change is urgent such that they generate support for a project.
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