You might automatically assume that teaming up on a project makes it easier, but there are some weaknesses that come with collaboration. Ron Friedman at 99u describes three important aspects you should consider when planning a joint effort.
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One of the problems with joint tasks, Friedman explains, is that working together breeds false confidence. People also tend to conform when working in a group.
The biggest problem, though, is that collaborations can promote laziness. People tend to exert less effort when they’re part of a team because “somebody else can do that part”, right? To avoid these trouble spots, Friedman suggests these three strategies:
- Find teammates who do something you can’t: It’s better to have team members that complement each other and not replicate each other.
- Differentiate between roles: Decide who does what right from the start. Make everyone aware of their responsibilities so they know what they have to contribute.
- Insist on homework: Most of the heavy lifting should occur when you’re on your own. Use your time together to exchange ideas, not generate them.
Collaborations can lead to great accomplishments, but only if you can navigate the pitfalls. Hit the link to read more.