That was the feedback from team members to a recent survey about the state of collaboration within our department. The feedback was consistent that collaboration was…well…inconsistent. It all depends on who you’re working with.
In all organizations you’ll hear people complain about the difficulty of working with certain colleagues. The common refrain is, “If only they would____” communicate better, be more responsive, give me all the information I need…fill in the blank with whatever fits your particular situation.
Instead of being frustrated with other people not being easy to work with, shift the focus to yourself. Are YOU easy to work with? If you are easy to do business with, odds are you’ll find others much more willing to cooperate and collaborate with you.
Here are seven ways to make it easy for people to work with you:
1. Build rapport –…
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