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3 Cs for success: Collaborate, communicate, cooperate

Collaboration involves working with someone else to produce or create something. Communication is the art of imparting or exchange of information, in writing or speaking. Cooperation is working together to the same end, a common purpose or toward the same benefit. All three attributes are necessary for teams of all kinds to be successful.

Regardless of the type of business you are in or the position you hold collaboration is a principle that will serve you and your employer well. Utilizing all resources available and taking advantage of all team members’ expertise will result in finding better solutions. It is essential to successful teamwork. Following are some reasons to enhance the growth of your business through collaboration.

1. Self-awareness — Emphasize your competencies, your strengths. Be honest about your weaknesses and work on improvement.

2. Scale — Combining resources enhances problem solving skills of the team. Leverage resources in talents, experiences, finances and infrastructure.

3. Leverage differences — A diverse team will bring about positive results. Leveraging differences and identifying the complementary facets of all involved will promote creativity.

4. Set goals — Agreeing on goals and continuous measurement, accepting responsibility and providing feedback will promote higher levels of productivity.

5. Knowledge enhancement — The company/organization needs a culture of ongoing learning. Extending all employees beyond their comfort zone will enhance growth and stretch individual boundaries and, in turn, the boundaries of the organization.

Communication leads the list of important life skills. Communicating effectively with co-workers, bosses, peers, managers, customers, etc. is fundamental in business. This includes all types of communications, i.e. writing, speaking, emailing, texting, tweeting, conducting and participating in meetings and more. Good communication is the most effective way to develop relationships with others.

Cooperation means working together in achieving individual and organizational goals. It enhances a healthy environment in the workplace where employees work side-by-side to achieve both personal and organizational goals. It is crucial in businesses, churches, schools, government and all types of organizations.

Great teams are made up of collaborative, communicative and cooperative people, those who support and complement each other. When individuals develop to their fullest potential they contribute more to team efforts. No matter how smart, talented, driven or passionate you are, your success and the success of the company is enhanced by being a part of a successful team.  Incorporate the 3 Cs into your job routine: collaborate, communicate and cooperate. It will result in a win-win for employees and employers.

Becky Vaughn-Furlow retired from Trustmark Bank as executive vice president and human resources director. She can be contacted by emailing bvaughnfurlow@gmail.com.