Teamwork & Collaboration Skills

Collaboration Skills in the Workplace are Crucial for Success

Boost productivity, energize employees, and increase your bottom line by leveraging effective collaboration skills training.

Collaboration skills in the workplace are key to any team’s success because they give organizations the tools to work toward common goals and more effective communication. But what do you do when teamwork doesn’t work? You can’t afford the loss of productivity, the depletion of energy, or the drain on the bottom line.

Our research has revealed several common reasons for ineffective teams. Some of the most familiar include competition, turf wars, lack of team governance processes, and inadequate information sharing. Sound familiar?

Fixing a team’s problems isn’t a one-person job. Team members need to feel a sense of ownership over how the team operates. When problems arise, leaders must inspire team members to look at what’s going on and consider how true collaboration would replace or resolve their problems.

Building collaborative skills requires leaders to address what isn’t working, view trust as a must-have resource, and insist on behaviors that support team principles.

Problems with teamwork are often tied to lack of trust. Without trust, people operate out of fear. Eliminate that fear, and teams gain productive energy, creativity, speed, and better results. Building trust requires a leader who is willing to show integrity, change behavior, and take on the hard work of dealing with differences.

Another key to effective collaboration in the workplace is to operate on principles rather than structures, politics, or personality. An effective team leader helps the team turn these values into agreed-upon behaviors — which become the foundation for mutual trust, respect, and high performance.

Upskill Your Team With Collaborative Skills

Transform the Way You Work by Building Collaboration Skills in the Workplace

When teams embrace an effective governance system and leaders commit to a culture of trust and collaboration in the workplace, the building blocks are in place for success and strong performance.

  • Conflict is reduced as work relationships open up and build trust.
  • Decisions are faster, of higher quality, and customer-driven.
  • Cycle time is substantially reduced and non-value-adding work eliminated.
  • The workforce takes on full responsibility for the success of the enterprise.
  • The productive capacity of the workforce doubles.

Start replacing fear with empowerment at your organization by equipping your team with collaboration skills training using our world-class, research-backed boundary spanning content.

You Can Deliver Our Collaboration Skills Content, or We Can

You Deliver

We can equip your facilitators to deliver a workshop or internal collaboration skills training, either online or in-person, whichever you prefer:

Access everything your internal HR or team leaders need to upskill your people by holding a leadership workshop on collaboration and teamwork

Let’s talk about how you can leverage this proven leadership program content on collaboration and teamwork in a custom internal development initiative

We Deliver

Or, we can incorporate collaboration skills training as part of a larger leadership development initiative for your team or organization:

Combine with other topic modules and interactive experiences into a customized learning journey for your leaders

Our highly personalized leadership programs prepare leaders to address common challenges with teamwork and collaboration

What Our Clients Are Saying

Organizations that have partnered with us to upskill their people’s collaboration skills in the workplace consistently tell us the same thing: their experience with CCL made a significant impact on their culture — and their bottom line.

But don’t just take our word for it — take theirs.

“Coaching was powerful and better than I imagined. Now, we are a high-performing team that works together, and also recognizes that individual contributions matter — we are a composite of the best of our wisdom.”

Tarrant County College logo

Program Participant

Tarrant County College

“We have created a critical mass of leaders who are connected, collaborative, and committed to our mission. We are working in more system-focused ways and leveraging our strengths in ways we never anticipated.”

Mercy Health

Jon Abeles

Senior VP of Talent Management and Diversity
Mercy Health

Let’s Discuss Collaboration Skills at Your Organization

Our experts are here to help. Let’s have a conversation about collaboration skills at your organization and how our collaboration skills content could help support your development initiatives.

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Our Research-Backed Perspective on Teams & Collaboration Skills in the Workplace

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Why invest in team-building and collaboration? Because highly collaborative teams directly impact your organization’s productivity and bottom line.

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In a team, every member plays a role that either helps or hinders progress. Learn some helpful communications tools so you can be a teamwork activator instead of a blocker.

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Team work comes with challenges. When you understand what teams need to succeed — whether you’re in the planning phases or action mode — you can improve team performance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Collaboration Skills

To foster effective teamwork and collaboration skills in the workplace, individuals and leaders must have a strong sense of self-awareness, highly developed interpersonal skills, and the ability to acknowledge and resolve conflict. When leaders commit to a culture of trust and collaboration, they’re laying the groundwork for success and strong performance. Teams that enhance their collaboration skills in the workplace see reduced conflict, faster decision-making, and increased productivity.

Developing teamwork and collaboration skills in the workplace requires leaders to have candid conversations about what is and isn’t working, view trust as a must-have resource, and insist on behaviors that support collaborative principles. With intentional effort, you can improve virtual collaboration at your organization and build stronger, more cohesive teams, even if they’re not co-located. Additionally, organizations that are looking to enhance their teams’ collaboration skills and to build more trusting cultures can equip their people with our research-based collaboration skills training content and solutions, available either online or in-person. 

Throughout the pandemic, effective teamwork has been difficult to achieve for many organizations. However, some of the best practices for managing virtual teams and meetings help showcase examples of effective collaboration skills in the digital age. For instance, an organization that values teamwork will use technology to communicate in real time more often, working diligently to train and develop their people. Also, many organizations may ensure that their teams are an optimal size, giving employees a chance to devote more time to less projects, thereby boosting engagement and teamwork. Learn more ways to set behavioral expectations and collaboration on your team with these 10 steps

More questions? Our experts are here to help. Let’s have a conversation!

Other Topics Related to Teamwork & Collaboration Skills

Package our research-backed collaboration skills training content with other proven leadership development topics and solutions for a customized, scalable solution perfect for your organization’s unique needs, context, and culture. Related topics include:

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