The Collaboration Scorecard is a simple questionnaire-based tool to optimise business relationships by measuring your personal collaborative style. Success has a strong correlation to one’s ability to collaborate fruitfully and knowing your collaborative style can help you use it to its fullest advantage while making business decisions.
The nature of our work at JTCPL Designs can be considered as one of the building blocks of corporate growth and change. This means that many projects are timed around significant inflection points in the life of companies, requiring constant interaction at the senior-most levels.
As a result, one of the many privileges of my work is to observe at close quarters the style and methods of the leaders of these high-performance organisations. These are bosses and owners, first and second generation entrepreneurs who are building scale, spanning markets, transforming their home-grown ventures into respected brands.
I have tried to create some structure around what I have learnt, so as to be able to utilise this in a more systematic manner. Out of this effort have emerged two key tools: the first is the 5D framework, which serves as my personal compass (and is also the origin of this blog’s name). You can read about the 5D approach, and its application to personal and professional life here.
The second tool came out of two key observations and one great measurement process:
Observation 1: No Man is an Island (especially in business)
These organisations are built on the vision of one, perhaps two people. But each of these leaders acknowledge how their current success would have been impossible without strong teams, business partners and even great vendors. Success internally and externally is strongly correlated to the ability to collaborate fruitfully.
My observations have robust quant back-up as well. The 2016 Steelcase Global Report on Engagement in the Workplace is described as the first study that explores the relationship between employee engagement and how people feel about their workplace. From the deep insights built on 12000 respondents in 17 countries, I spotted an astounding data point. India, along with China, ranks the highest in the world on how employees rate their employers on encouraging teamwork and collaborative work. Incidentally, India also tops by a large margin on “Employer gets the best out of you”. This finding is consistent with the current growth climate in the country, and even at that macro level, collaboration looks to be a critical factor.
Observation 2: Collaboration styles come in different flavours (and spotting the flavour right can increase your chances of success)
Leaders have significantly unique styles of collaboration, and JTCPL Design’s ability to succeed was notably higher when we matched our work and processes with these styles. Even more significantly, when these bosses were self-aware about the effects of their collaboration styles and were able to signal these clearly to their teams, partnerships had a better chance of success.
Finally, I have been a big fan of Dan Sullivan’s insights and lessons into entrepreneurship. He recently put forward the concept of the Optimum Maximizer Scorecard, which has already been adapted across multiple industries and domains to provide insight into customer, employee, prospect, patient and even investor mindsets.
We drew from that framework to develop a simple 6-minute questionnaire that can quickly give a measure of one’s Collaboration Style. Your score can serve as a key input to complex organisational planning and decision making.
Your feedback and comments will help make this tool even more robust, so please do participate.