Collaboration is an integral part of our University values, whether that be at a strategic level, team level or through individual relationship building. Having a collaborative approach at all levels minimises conflict and helps improve outcomescollaborative
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Tips for collaboration
What do we mean when we speak of collaboration at Leeds, especially when working remotely? During surgery sessions we gathered, discussed and shared some tips:
- Use Teams Call and Video functions.
- Use the phone (especially if also aligned to visual).
- Use Shared Chat function and Shared documents to bring a collaborative element.
- Watch for issues of dominance and contribution during meetings; match to expectations and inclusion (around being heard).
- Own our own frustrations and expectations.
- Block out time in your calendar/schedule; reflection time, doing time, focus time.
- Cope with silence (allowing time for reflection , especially online).
- Follow up issues that arise in meetings in one-to-ones.
- Empathetic listening and authenticity.
- Take a mindful approach to what you do.
- Own our own diary and the 'gaps' between one meeting and the next (make sure 10 min gaps at least).
- Clear Agenda and timings for meetings (don't be scared to finish early).
- Mix up your meetings to keep them fresh (times, content).
- Delegate ownership of things, including meetings (good development opportunity for others).
- Explore our wellbeing and resilience resources.
- Recognising different perspectives, and addressing low level conflict, before escalation takes place (this connects to Pinch Theory and Crucial Conversations discussed in our leadership programmes).
- Get a mentor or a buddy (especially if new in a role, or to a different task).
Additional LinkedIn Learning resources:
- Collaborative Design: Vision and Strategy
- Collaborative Design: Managing a Team
- Building Business Relationships
- Improving Your Conflict Competence