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Strategies for Collaborative Group Relationships

You've just attended a seminar on collaborative team creativity, and you're eager to start some virtual networking with the other participants.

Post your learning, thoughts, and experience on critical components of collaborative team creation. Draw also on your own business experience and explain their importance in building successful teams.

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First of all, let us see some of the guiding principles for creating collaborative teams:

Guiding Principles of Collaborative Teams

1. Participation and Leadership

All team members must be viewed as equals and participation needs to be encouraged and supported. The leadership role for meetings and tasks is assigned to the individual with the greatest expertise, with the greatest time (where expertise is not a factor), or on a rotating basis for repeated tasks of joint responsibility. One individual regularly performs some tasks, some are shared, and some are rotated. It is very important that all members regularly attend meetings; without this, individuals will not feel that they are responsible for decisions made by the group.

2. Development of Collaborative Goals

The goals and strategies of the team must be developed in a cooperative manner with a focus on the individual student. Articulating the team's goals is important to give the team direction in decision-making and to foster a clear understanding for the reason to gather and talk. Meeting the needs of individual team members must be secondary.

3. Communication

One of the biggest problems encountered by teams is the breakdown of communication or unclear communication channels. Team members must encourage each other to openly communicate their desires and concerns, with each member feeling comfortable enough to express opinions and thoughts on any issue, regardless of the extent of agreement with that opinion. Periodically, members need to revisit ...

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This solution is comprised of about 950 words and discusses the importance of team collaboration and which components of team creation are most important. Examples are utilized and data from research studies is incorporated to allow for a greater understanding of this topic.