As I prepare for college graduation in the next couple of years I begin to anticipate what skills and situations I need to become familiar with. A huge part of nearly any career is colleagues and business partners, thus we have the wonderful world of collaboration. Collaborating can work wonders in the business world, it can save time, produce meticulous and well revised work, combine two different important views, shed new light – the list goes on. “I’ve yet to meet a CEO who didn’t want his or her company to move faster” (Ron Ricci 2013). Now and in the future businesses will stress fast working environments that turn out quality work, not only to save money but to compete with the rapidly growing technology field that threatens to turn various businesses obsolete – “In this disruptive era, the companies that will survive are those that can adapt most swiftly.” (Anderson 2013).
My future work in the psychology field will hugely depend on my skills in collaboration. The field of research could not exist without the presence of collaboration. Research findings must be peer reviewed and backed-up by other credible psychologists. Research papers and research itself is usually dependent on more than one person – group work is intrinsic. With the growth of the internet and production of things such as “The Cloud” team members are made even more accessible and teamwork can be completed from wherever ad whenever. Having the option to send out my research findings as soon as possible to fellow team members and psychologists allows for the fastest turn around time as well as the most convenient meeting times for all. The best teamwork does not have to be completed face to face, often times you may never find yourself in the actual presence of fellow teammates but as stated in Psychology Today, “Collaboration does not require constant en face or symbiosis with your chosen partner. Merging and separating at different phases of the work keeps individual identities and energies intact. This maintains a freshness that feeds the mutual process. “ (Barron 2013).
Collaboration, even for us introverts, is necessary component to working in the real world. Not just necessary, it is extremely beneficial in preparing/producing quality work and/or goods. Speed is central to our modern world, we want what we want and we want it now. Through collaboration we can better meet these wants all while maintaining the quality work that would take one person double or triple the time.
- 4 Keys to Harnessing the Power of Teams (psychologytoday.com)
- The future of Collaboration (zuckera.wordpress.com)
Anderson, Karen. (2013, February 2) What Makes Collaboration Actually Work In A Company. Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/kareanderson/2013/02/02/what-makes-collaboration-actually-work-in-a-company/
Barron, Carrie. 2013, March 20) Creativity and Colaboration. Psychology Today. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-creativity-cure/201303/creativity-and-collaboration
Ricci, Ron. (2013, January 11) Why Collaboration Matters. The Collaboration Imperative. Retrieved from http://thecollaborationimperative.com/tag/ron-ricci/