Do You Have a Collaborative Management Style?
All managers want top talent to be part of their teams, though insuring they perform at their best is another challenge. Strong and productive people want to be a part of the decision making process and feel they are integral to the success of the project, department or company. This is where a colloborative work environment is instrumental in their success. Yes, it does take more time, though the results of the process is powerful.
Steve Jobs was a strong proponent of colloboration. He felt that “colloboration is one way to get the best out of your employees.” I found this video “What Steve Jobs Has to Say About Managing People” on Startupowner.com. He shares his thoughts around how to keep great people. It’s short though explains how Apple keeps itself as a startup by the power of trust and colloboration as the cornerstone in managing people.
Learning to set up a collaborative work environment is a skill like any other. Read more about the value of this type of team management. Have the vision and then start small to implement. Managers sometimes feel out of control in a collaborative work environment because they are missing an important ingredient – trust.
Trust doesn’t mean you just drop everything, hoping that your team will do what they are suppose to do. Rather, it’s setting the structure for high performance and allowing your employees to meet it by taking responsibility for the outcome. Collaboration is bringing the talent together to brainstorm and come up with the best solutions for the success of the company. It’s also about creating the space for your employees to work together as a natural part of their working day.
As Steve Jobs says “its about ideas.”
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