Working together is almost vital for any worthwhile project. We rely on each other and when efforts are combined in the right way, results are achieved no one person could have gained on their own. The problem is, that people are not always able to spread themselves evenly over a problem. When we have a team of people, getting a nice fit of skills over the issue is more difficult. There are various methods of looking at issues and problems that we can apply in order to solve them. If you're in a group of people with a common purpose, you will need to apply all of these factors in determining a positive outcome.
Although face to face conversation is useful, and the most able to communicate the holistic argument, we can easily adapt to online communication. Video, voice, and text are all able to communicate the information we want to get across. Being able to communicate where our knowledge lies and what our skills qualify us to do is paramount to effective teamwork. Not shying away from our lack of skills enables the job to be done better. Your skills are still important, even if you can't do everything needed. We're all unique and able in different ways.
Cooperation is when groups of individuals have an open network of skills and information with tools available to the whole. Each person has an agenda which can be different from the others. What's important is the sharing of resources and abilities in order to make everyone's job easier. Cooperation gives rise to effective goal reaching for individuals who cooperate with each other.
Collaboration on the other hand is when group members cooperate to work on one project between them all. The members each have a shared idea of what the goal of the collaboration is and they decide between them how best to achieve it. Collaborative projects produce unique and new ideas that have been fashioned by the continual input of several perspectives.
Coordination is the way the first two concepts are implemented. This requires the rationing of tools and facilities, the management of people's time, and the directions given to each member. Coordinating people to the most effective role for themselves takes an understanding of the dynamics of the goal. Depending on whether you are coordinating a cooperative project or a collaboration will require different levels of input.
These teamwork skills are going to be stronger and weaker for us in unique ways. One of the reasons we use teams is because as an individual we are not as able. But bonding the individuals together in an effective way is a skill in itself, knowing the various types of teamwork helps us to get it right.
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