Prakash introduces the 10 principles of collaboration with principle one: aligning on a collective goal. Collaboration can only happen when two or more people are working to achieve a shared goal. Before you start working together, you need to know where you want to go.
- If I think I'm building an electric car…and you think we're building one…with an internal combustion engine,…we're both building a car,…similar, but it's not the same.…So we end up doing wildly different things…that don't work together.…There's massive frustration.…We speak to each other with animosity.…I think we're going after one goal…and you think we're going after something…that sounds the same, but it's a little different.…Ultimately, this creates a viscous cycle…that all stems back to misalignment on the collective goal.…
Why does this happen?…There are a lot of reasons, but I want to highlight three.…Number one, we feel like we generally get the goal,…and it shows up on paper, but the details are missing.…Second, oftentimes not being aligned…requires a difficult conversation,…and in my experience,…most people avoid those like the plague.…Lastly, department or group-specific incentivizing patterns.…Specifically for cross-functional collaboration,…we're incentivized by our siloed organizations…and are not incentivized to think about the collective.…
- Define “compassionate collaboration” and explain how it helps a team work more efficiently.
- Identify the potential problems with narratives.
- Recognize the core skill that a great project facilitator possesses.
- Determine the best way to address possible barriers or roadblocks to attaining the collective goal.
- Recall how often checklist compliances should be verified.