Four Reasons Why The Most Successful People Are Great Collaborators

Four Reasons Why The Most Successful People Are Great Collaborators

Ever own an ant farm growing up? If you did—or if you've seen just about any nature special on TV—you know that the dedicated specialization of an ant colony is a sight to behold. Our own evolutionary path would be very different without the power of collaboration that's found virtually everywhere in the natural world.

Your office, though, might be another story. While the vogue for collaborative tools and workspaces is still in full force, so is the chorus of detractors who argue that too much interconnectedness makes for more distraction than anything else. And when it comes to certain kinds of tasks, that's frequently true. But the outcomes of our work, more broadly speaking, more often benefit from team effort.

It doesn't matter how smart or savvy we are when it comes to technology, product development, or any single skill we possess. Nobody succeeds for long in a silo. Whatever our ventures—personal, professional, philanthropic, political, or private—we can't forget all the people who are involved in and essential to our success.

Read Also:
The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology

That's something that highly successful people know and internalize. We can simply learn more and apply new insights better when we put our proverbial heads together. According to a survey conducted by Piirus, a staggering 91% of academic researchers agreed that collaboration increases research impact, and 94% were interested in interdisciplinary collaboration. Those who succeed learn from their mistakes and from the people around them. What's more, they don't forget it's impossible to anticipate who they may inspire or influence, or who may wind up inspiring them—that today's stranger may be tomorrow's partner. Here are five reasons why the most successful people are top-notch collaborators.

When decision making and risk taking are shared among a group of people striving toward the same goal, it's typically easier to achieve the optimal outcome faster. When we share our efforts and knowledge with others, we create communities that can rally around a good idea and rush in to question a bad one before it goes awry.

Read Also:
Beacons or Geo Fencing

Of course, as any anthropologist, sociologist, historian, or schoolteacher can tell you, groups sometimes make terrible decisions together. But as long as their cultures are strong and democratic in spirit, the interconnections among individuals generally help expose ideas to analysis and criticism. Perspectives we wouldn’t have encountered otherwise can emerge and cross-pollinate. Growth becomes collective rather than cloistered.

As the philosopher David Hume famously wrote, "Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. 'Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow."

Despite different circumstances, we can still find mutual alignment.;

 



Sentiment Analysis Symposium

27
Jun
2017
Sentiment Analysis Symposium

15% off with code 7WDATA

Read Also:
Smart Cities Are Going to Be a Security Nightmare

Data Analytics and Behavioural Science Applied to Retail and Consumer Markets

28
Jun
2017
Data Analytics and Behavioural Science Applied to Retail and Consumer Markets

15% off with code 7WDATA

Read Also:
We're Finally Realizing the Promise of Big Data
Read Also:
What Marketers Need to Understand About Augmented Reality

AI, Machine Learning and Sentiment Analysis Applied to Finance

28
Jun
2017
AI, Machine Learning and Sentiment Analysis Applied to Finance

15% off with code 7WDATA

Read Also:
The Data-Driven Case for Vacation

Real Business Intelligence

11
Jul
2017
Real Business Intelligence

25% off with code RBIYM01

Read Also:
The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology

Advanced Analytics Forum

20
Sep
2017
Advanced Analytics Forum

15% off with code Discount15

Read Also:
The internet of things could save the honeybee from extinction

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *