Check out the Good Collaboration Toolkit!
The Good Collaboration Toolkit is a set of materials aimed to help individuals collaborate well and build successful collaborations. Through a series of activities, participants will be asked to consider questions, dilemmas, and cases involved with all aspects of the collaboration, most especially the process of collaboration. Rather than contribute yet another article explaining theories and suggested steps to “good” collaboration, this Toolkit provides participants with an opportunity to work through exercises, as persons and in groups, which can be useful to the collaborative process.
Over and over again in our own study of “good collaboration,” we heard from participants that they need further and deeper communication with potential and current collaborators. Participants lament missed opportunities to engage in discussion about short and long term goals, purpose, and intended outcomes. Furthermore, collaborators often struggle with different institutional cultures across organizations as well as interpersonal challenges, such as dishonesty, power issues, poor communication skills, and lack of firm and competent leadership.