Editor’s Note: Is there a right way and a wrong way to collaborate?
I came across this post by Roz Usheroff in which she talks about “too much collaboration.”
Given that collaboration is such a hot topic in the procurement world, what is the difference between an effective and ineffective collaboration?
Generally speaking I have found that women are more open and willing to collaborate than men.
I am not by any means suggesting that men don’t collaborate, because they do. It is just not to the same degree, nor is it for the same reasons.
Whether it is the result of a genetic predisposition, societal influence or, a lack of self-confidence, women are more inclined than men to seek input and consensus. A Fast Company article, and the studies to which they refer, attribute this difference to the fact that “men tend to overestimate their abilities and downplay those of their coworkers, while women shortchange their skills and defer to their peers.”
Regardless of the reasons or differences, in a world in which there is an increasing emphasis on teamwork, and coming together for the purposes of achieving a mutually sought after goal, the ability to collaborate is seen as a strength. In fact it could…
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