Collaboration. We talk about it a lot in the corporate world. It's a buzzword, a catchphrase, and an ideal. But let's face it: true collaboration is easier said than done. Many teams struggle with it, despite best intentions. That's where workshops come in. This post will dig into why collaboration often falls short and how workshops can be the remedy we've been waiting for.
The Myth of Collaboration
We often hear that "we're all in this together," but are we? Different departments or even individuals within a team can have divergent goals and agendas. The lack of a shared vision often hampers true collaboration.
Being present in a meeting doesn't equate to active participation. Team members might hold back their ideas or simply nod along with the discussion without offering much input.
Fear of Conflict
In many workplaces, the fear of conflict stifles open dialogue. People might avoid discussing contentious topics, resulting in superficial collaboration.
The Power of Workshops
Workshops are designed to guide participants through a structured process. This removes the awkwardness of open-ended discussions and ensures every voice is heard.
An experienced facilitator can help draw out input from every team member, ensuring a balanced discussion. This external perspective can help defuse tensions and navigate conflicts.
Workshops are intended to produce actionable outcomes. This clarity of purpose helps teams focus on achieving specific goals, fostering genuine collaboration.
Julie Lowe is a Certified High Performance Coach and Workshopper Master Facilitator. When she's not coaching, workshopping, or writing, Julie loves spending time with her family and her trio of adorable rescue dogs. She believes tacos are life, loves Marvel movies, and is an abstract painter. Her first book "A Few Good Habits" debuted at #1 on Amazon and is a Woman's Day magazine Book Series Pick.