Today companies are fully embracing collaborative environments and the products and technologies that we provide to them must meet the ever-changing needs of these spaces. Sure, having a quality microphone, great sound quality and the proper placement of those mics is critical to ensuring that the message you are sharing in any collaborative space is crystal clear. Particularly in video-conference applications, making sure you pay attention to how sound is captured and heard is paramount to enabling participants to “get the job done.”
This month we turn the tables and instead of talking about the products that help you collaborate, we’ll share some tips on how to build a collaborative environment when it comes to the PEOPLE in your company.
When you bring people together to collaborate, you expect them to produce results. But what if their performance is hindered by the lack of or use of sub-par technology.
For a collaborative team environment to truly work, you need products and equipment that can stand up to the test of multiple users in a non-traditional set up.
Proper microphone design and sound quality are two components that go a long way to ensure the success of any collaborative space such as a huddle or conference room. Here are some other tips for ensuring the success of your next collaborative meeting:
- Have a Common Purpose and Goal -
Without a goal, there is no team, so make sure everyone on the team knows what the “mission” is, and why the team is necessary to exist. Make sure that each member of the team has voiced their commitment to the group and make sure to keep your sights set on your common purpose when prioritizing the tasks and objectives for the group.
- Trust Each Other -
If you don’t have trust, the chances for great collaboration are sketchy at best. To build trust, make sure that you are honest with each other, that you address conflict in a positive and swift way, that you have a zero-tolerance for gossip and back stabbing, and set an example by showing that YOU trust the team members.
- Know Your Role -
Be crystal clear when you identify the expectations for each person in the group, make sure everyone knows what their unique and shared responsibilities are, understand what each team member is contributing and revisit the roles within the group often in case anything needs adjusting.
- Crystal Clear Communication -
Keep the flow of information consistent and be specific. Most problems arise from misunderstandings and miscommunications which can breakdown your collaborative unit. Over communicate if you need to without being condescending and practice empathy to make sure you understand the position of others in the group. If you have a misunderstanding, work quickly to resolve it and make sure to celebrate your victories and acknowledge your fellow team members.
- Differences are a Good Thing -
When working in a team you want to have members that have a difference of opinion and that represents all different perspectives. Try to learn as much as you can from another member and consider any ideas based on its merits not on how similar it is to what you were thinking.
- Remember What Brought You to the “Dance” -
Groups can sometimes take on a life of their own, so remember what brought you to the dance. To stay on track, make sure you filter all that you are doing by comparing it to what your original objectives and goals were. You will want to evaluate the effectiveness of how you are conducting the meetings and adjust it when it needs to be. Put someone in charge of the “health” of the group’s dynamic while you all strive to meet your collaborative goals.
These tips will help you build a strong, collaborative team that will help you conquer any business goal you set.