In Challenging Times, Seek Collaboration

Posted: Thursday, April 02 2020

In Challenging Times, Seek Collaboration

In Challenging Times, Seek Collaboration

These certainly are interesting times we are living in… to say the least. As people are social distancing and some organizations require employees to work from home, it’s still very important to feel like you’re a part of something and have value to contribute to the vision.

The past few weeks, (like many other businesses) we at Game On have been working on ways to maintain our connection to our clients and each other, while still feeling like we’re making an impact on the world around us. Even though we’ve been working in separate spaces, one thing we still intentionally do is collaborate.

But what exactly is collaboration?

Some assume collaboration is inherent as people work together, but we’ve learned that collaboration moves beyond a cooperative exchange. For the Game On team, collaboration is when leaders with various backgrounds and skill sets come together to produce something greater than what one individual could have achieved on their own.

According to a Stanford study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, researchers found that participants who worked collaboratively stuck at their task 64% longer than their solitary peers, while also reporting higher engagement levels, lower fatigue levels, and a higher success rate. The results also showed that simply feeling like you’re part of a team of people working on a task makes people more motivated as they take on challenges.

I’ve seen living proof of this study these last couple of weeks. Even though at times our team has been working remotely, we’ve been creating some new content and leave-behinds for our clients. And it’s exciting to be working on projects with a team of folks with a wide array of skillsets.

It’s been great to experience something moving from a simple concept, to gathering research, to structuring ideas, to putting those ideas into a visual framework, to editing, and ending with a final product. Each step of the way, it was amazing to see how the next person would add their personal expertise and touches. Truly everyone in the office had a hand in creating the final product, and in the end, it turned out much better than anyone of us could have done on our own.

That… is the power of collaboration.


About the Author:

Chris Friday, Director of Curriculum for Game On Nation, is an industry leader in curriculum development, coaching, and improvisation. His unique talent for using positive humor to inspire change has helped some of the world’s most prestigious athletes and teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, NFL Players Association, University of Alabama Football, and over 50 first-round NBA and NFL Draft picks. Chris resides in Parrish, FL with his wife and two daughters.

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