What Is Collaboration? Not Communication

(Richard Millington) #1

Originally published at: https://www.feverbee.com/notcommunication/
You can easily confuse communication with collaboration. You might be talking to your team often, sharing lots of information, giving lots of opinions, coworking on Google Docs, and not collaborating well at all. This is because communication and collaboration are two very different roles. You collaborate to achieve a goal faster, cheaper, or better than you can alone. This is achieved by dividing up tasks (to perform them concurrently), soliciting better information than you have access to (from those with the best information), and/or ensuring everyone can specialise in what they do best. Yet collaboration entails costs. That cost is…