The following post is part of the course work for “Live Exchange” the foundational course on communication for The MBA Design Strategy Program at California College of the Arts. The rest of the posts are presented here.
Tackling complex problems, fostering creativity and positive impact requires well-formed teams. This is the future of business.
Those with the ability to combine innovative scenarios with well-thought-out strategy in a collaborative team setting have the potential for outstanding results. Making the impossible possible will take teams that have a carefully selected communication method, use collaboration not just coordination, and have the ability to recruit members with diverse backgrounds and expertise.
Another article, “Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Digital Media Arts,” examines the importance of relational links and how they foster openness, personal trust, willingness to compromise, common interests, sympathy and spatial proximity. Why are developing relational links so important within teams that collaborate?
Think back to being on a team that had problems congealing. What methods of communication were being used? How might this have affected the team’s relational links? Relational links foster “enhanced creativity and motivation, increased morale, better decisions and fewer process losses.”
The best teams quickly build a safe environment of respect and trust where collaboration can thrive. Based on my experience working on various teams within the DMBA program, as well as research on the topic, I created the Methods of Communication graphic. It examines how real-time versus delayed communication methods map across collaboration versus coordinating tasks.
I believe emails and other sensory-deprived methods are susceptible to misinterpretation and interpersonal communication failure. Non-visual cues and voice inflections are essential to deciphering true meaning, all of which are required for successful team collaboration.
We want to be inspired by the people we work with. Don’t miss the opportunity to ignite passion within your teams by using the wrong methods of communication.
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These articles were created as part of the course work for “Live Exchange” the foundational course on communication for <a href="https://www.triplepundit.com/category/cca-livee/">The MBA Design Strategy Program at California College of the Arts</a>. <a href="https://www.triplepundit.com/category/cca-livee/">Read more about the project here</a>.