Coordinate Existing Actions
Once trust is established, people are more likely to notice, seek out, and follow through on opportunities to partner with other members of the collaboration.
Therefore, the next step in cultivating an effective collaboration is to identify the work that participants are already doing to address the problem that has brought everyone together, and to connect the dots and coordinate these activities. In this way, members can collaborate around common goals, avoid duplication of efforts, and leverage their organizational resources.
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We live in a world of problems that are so complex, so tangled up with other problems, so non-linear, ambiguous, and volatile — that they defy solutions and cannot be effectively addressed by any one organization or even by any one sector. Lasting change and the resolution of these systemic issues requires effective collaboration across silos, across organizations, and across sectors, in ways that serve both the self-interests of the participants and the shared interests of the collective. The effectiveness of any network or collaborative effort primarily depends on constantly managing a few basic activities: 1) Clarify Purpose, 2) Convene the Right People, 3) Cultivate Trust, 4) Coordinate Existing Actions, and 5) Collaborate at the Systems Level. See the building blocks below for more details.