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Everyone knows someone that they can point to as a networker. Many of my mentors are amazing at keeping track of who is who and who needs what. They are always looking for opportunities for themselves and others.
8. Mentoring and Coaching
I coach people all the time, executive coaching, and also coaching for collaboration start-ups through my Mentor program. I see the role of coach as helping to guide someone through a process to a goal. Mentoring is a bit different. It is the wiliness to share your knowledge and experience with someone who requests it. It is also a way to foster someone to help them achieve more. These are critical skills in a collaborative environment.
9. Open to New Ideas
We have all dealt with NIH (not invented here), or “don’t fix it if there is no problem.” Both of these sayings show rigidity in thinking and often a closed mind. These are not the people you want to brainstorm new ideas with, but they are usually the ones who say “this is the process, it is the way we do it, and will continue to do it.” Flexibility in thought is critical for collaboration. Processes are great, but people are messy! One of my favorite sayings is “Man plans, and God laughs.” Things never turn out the way you expect and you need to be flexible enough in your thinking to adapt to any changes that come your way.
10. Tools and Technology
Although tools and technology usually only form about 20% of the solution (with people and process comprising the other 80%), they can often be the critical enabler for interactions, communication and understanding the other person’s context (meaning). Understand what type of tool is the correct medium for a type of communication.
CI As a Metric
Everyone is into metrics these days, especially social metrics. The goal of CI is to provide these 10 scales to measure the social/collaborative mindset. CI can be a great predictor of where relationship problems might occur, who would be the best to lead a high performance team, or which people have the most influence on the most different groups.
Editor's Note: You can read more of David Coleman's articles, including:
- Collaboration: Rules of the Road
- The Evolution of Collaboration and Online Communities: Measuring what Matters
- What is Web 3.0, and Why Do You Care
About the Author
David Coleman is an author, speaker, analyst, and expert in collaboration and has followed this area for over 20 years. For more info, visit the Website www.collaborate.com, phone (650) 342-9197, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit dcoleman100 on G-mail and Twitter.
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