Article by Ken Thompson, 06 Apr 2017
Collaboration is the action of working with someone to produce something, “co-labouring”. In the context of a Business Simulation this refers to colleagues working together in teams to produce a set of results.
Teamwork is the process of working collaboratively with a group of people, in this case the other delegates in the room, to achieve a goal. So once individuals have established collaborations with other people it takes a team to carry out the task at hand. Collaboration and teamwork therefore go hand in hand with each other. I am now going to explore the reasons why they are beneficial in a Business Simulation:
It is important to remember that collaboration and teamwork does come with its challenges, such as team members not communicating well with each other or having disagreements on decisions. In a Business Simulation it is down to the facilitator to steer the delegates’ conversations in the right direction and try to shut down conversations when they become too heated!
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Ken is a practitioner, author and speaker on Leadership, Collaborative Working, High Performing Teams, Change Management, Project Management and Business Acumen. His work has featured in major publications including The Guardian , Wired Magazine, The Huffington Post and The Henry Ford Magazine. Ken has also spoken at many international events including TEDx, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Learn Tech (London) and NASA.
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