Have you ever reached a mental road block? Studies show that there is an 81% positive correlation between collaboration and innovation. When you invite others to brainstorm you open the windows to your brain and allow fresh ideas to come in. Real collaboration requires real work. If you really want to be collaborative you will need three key things:
- Trust: Show team members it’s safe to take risks and share ideas
- Conflict: teach effective ways to deal with conflicting ideas
- Environment: provide opportunities to exchange ideas across departments or create a list of places to go to collaborate.
So the next time you reach a mental road block, remember the wise words of Vanilla Ice and remember to Stop. Collaborate. Listen.