Good collaboration is Excellently Executed.
Key Questions to be Answered
→What are the factors that support excellent execution?
→What are the factors that hinder excellent execution?
→What can you do to support excellent execution?
A Case of Excellent Execution: The Importance of Perseverance
A Case of Poor Execution: Falling Through the Cracks
The following Toolkit activities relate directly to different aspects of the ELEMENT Excellently Executed. Click on the title to take you directly to the full activity.
This activity encourages participants to consider the feasibility of a proposed collaboration. By taking the perspective of an outsider, participants are asked to explore how a potential funder may view the possibility of the collaboration and understand the proposed work. Considering collaboration from a funder’s point of view can efficiently itemize the pros and cons of the proposed collaborative arrangement. Specifically, evaluating collaboration in this way is an easy and efficient way to determine if collaboration is necessary and beneficial for all parties involved.
Any project requires successful learning and retrieval of new information, such as deadlines, strategies and project details. When collaborating with others, we are not only relying on the accuracy of our own memories; we are also relying on the accuracy of memories of others. A significant body of research has demonstrated that working in a group can promote accurate memory in some cases but can actually lead to confusion and false recall in others. This activity is designed to highlight the times when collaboration can enhance accuracy of memory and times when it can be detrimental.
Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what roles each individual should assume in a collaboration (e.g., meeting leader, archivist, contact person, etc.). This difficulty is due in part to the fact that individuals are often quite poor at recognizing what they do best and where they fall short. This activity is meant to highlight the skills and values of each member, and to help assign roles in collaboration.
In any project, developing a timeline is important and essential. It is useful in terms of organizing the work that lies ahead, but it is also helpful to hold all individuals and parties (in this case collaborators) accountable for completing work when it needs to get done. Far too often, individuals complain that their collaborators are not doing the work in a timely fashion. Sometimes, these individuals lament that as a result, they take on someone else’s work and resent the supposed “collaboration.”
This activity is an opportunity to reflect individually and then collectively on the process of collaboration. As participants have just experienced, building, organizing, and operating “successful” collaborations is not always easy. This reflection helps individuals and groups to articulate tips, lessons, and advice drawn from their recent collaborative experiences. Documentation of this discussion might help others who are just embarking on their own collaborations.