We’re all busy, we’ve all got stuff to do, lots of stuff… And when you work in a team, when you depend on other people’s input (and here I mean anybody you need to work with, whether they are colleagues or clients), you need collaboration, everyone’s “best” collaboration… right?
What happens when someone doesn’t collaborate, doesn’t give their best? Frustration, delays, rework, etc.
The key point here is respect.
A lack of respect is like a pot hole or a road block… They make you go out of your way to avoid them, and they make you take alternate routes so you don’t have to deal with them again.
Sometimes it’s unintentional: we get so busy we don’t realize we… lack respect. If we are too busy, we just need to say it. Acknowledge the request, say what you can do and when you can do it.
Do for others what you expect others do for you.
Respect goes a long way. It drives people. It energizes them:
- It makes them want to work with you!
- It makes them want to give you their best!
- It makes them want to figure it out with you!
When working in a team, we all need to:
- Give enough time for others to respond to request – it’s hard sometimes, because things move so fast, but you’ve got to try – I [try to] remind myself regularly… 🙂
- Be helpful – if it doesn’t come naturally, remember that what goes around comes around.
- Take the time to communicate properly – especially when using email: short, concise, to the point… re-read yourself, as if you were the person who is going to read it.
- Confirm you are understood.
- Confirm you understand.
- If you can’t do something right away, let others know.
One last thing… For those who forget: respect is earned.