Collaboration & The Maturity Continuum
The best way I can think of describing what I mean here is the Maturity Continuum as described by Dr. Stephen R. Covey in his best selling work, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.
For a collaborative relationship to be effective it is essential that all parties come from a mindset of Interdependence. Choosing to be Interdependent is a choice only Independent people can make. People that have achieved Independence in life may see this level of achievement as having achieved Self-Mastery. The fact is Independent people can achieve something much greater by choosing to be Interdependent.
Before a person achieves independence they are in a state of dependence where they rely on others for what they require to exist. It is impossible for collaboration to work where there is dependency in the relationship. Therefore it is essential that each party can make an independent choice.
Behaviours of Collaboration
This is important in the field of Collaborative Behaviour as with each level of maturity comes a set of behaviours.
People that are Dependent tend to demonstrate COLLUSIVE behaviours. These people rely on others for what they need and hence they go along with what others want. In a dependent relationship challenging the status quo is dangerous, hence, not rocking the boat is the choice.
People that are Independent tend to demonstrate COMPETITIVE behaviours. These people have the confidence to put themselves forward as being able to deliver a solution. These people want to be in charge, consequently, sharing control tends not happen.
People that are Interdependent tend to demonstrate COLLABORATIVE behaviours. These people recognise that by choosing to collaborate with others enhanced value is delivered. These people recognise that by working effectively with others the collaborative solution is far greater than anything they could deliver by themselves.
Being INTERDEPENDENT and being COLLABORATIVE is a choice made by independent people. True greatness and success lies in working effectively with others.
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