Collaboration & Task Diversity

Building trust in each other’s’ capabilities and willingness to strive towards a common goal

Human capital comes in various forms: our knowledge about other cultures and societies, academic backgrounds, learned expertise or acquired knowledge, understanding about ourselves and others, and much more. However, do we truly know or are we trapped in paradoxical realities, making wrongful assumptions, carrying prejudices or biases?

It has been said that we can only strive to mutual beneficial ends if we were to share what we believe in and the things we value with others. The putative assumption herewith might be that words are the easiest to convey such.

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Nevertheless, there are many other means of communication that will influence our counterpart’s perception of the spoken word. Though, what if language barriers apply or we cannot talk? The WCRC team soon should find out, in another playful activity to exercise collaboration, action, change, leadership, and performance in innovative processes.

Two groups were formed and each member handed out secret assignments. They were tasked to build a structure with differently colored LEGO bricks. The entire activity was supposed to happen in absolute silence from the time that the tasks were distributed. Non-verbal communication, hence, was the key to unlock the secrecy of the individual responsibilities.

Interestingly, one team managed to build the structure in much less than the proposed time. The other team, in contrast, had their obvious difficulties to agree on a modus operandi. What had happened?

Each member’s task was unique and none contradictory – in its entirety each assignment could have been fulfilled. The group, which finished first, had, however, been given two more snippets. One that clearly defined a leader and yet another that tasked the individual to ensure the structure was built in the fastest time possible.

Though the reflection and feedback session, thereafter, did not reveal if those assignments tipped the scale, nevertheless, OccOri believes that collaborative leadership is of utmost importance to perform in teams: guidance which leaves each team member with autonomy, creating a situation of mutual trust, where one another believes in each one’s capabilities to perform and to work towards a common goal – even if the steps towards such might be unknown.