Updated: Jun 8, 2021
Warm greetings to ALL!
At the onset, I appreciate all inputs and insights shared on previous posts in the context of Mind Poverty. Let us continue to inform and empower each other through this emotive but vital conversation. Rest assured, your contributions through various platforms are taken note of and deeply valued.
This week our focus is on Collaborative Management systems and processes at the workplace and the benefits thereof. There is no better joy in lifting the morale of your employees to heights where your gardener becomes your advisor, your cleaner your switchboard operator and your utility driver your Chauffeur! This is the beauty of Collaborative Management, which I refer to as the "title-immune" management style.
Team collaboration is the perfect contributor in creating a pleasant workplace environment, drives company success and ease the way to sound team communication. Moving beyond all discriminatory obstacles can establish a strong foundation for effective teams that produce highly motivated, empowered individuals active in the fight against poverty through investments in personal development. Collaborative Management brings transparency in all developmental levels; at corporate or in society. It sets collective goals in motion, creates a sense of ownership and gradually nurtures the organization through diverse inputs as it opens up mindsets for a better future for all team members. Fighting mind poverty at the workplace through collaborative management systems has the potential to uproot poverty sustainably, starting right at the level of individual staff, cascading down to families, societies and the world over.
Given the above, the research study underscores the fact that equal treatment of all through collaborative approaches and strategies at the workplace produces concrete results ideal for poverty eradication. Everyone feels valued, appreciated and counted as an essential contributor towards, not only organizational performance but the broader improvement of living conditions of societies in general.
In the context of the research study, Collaborative Management is viewed as a proven instrument that builds teams that work together irrespective of their religion, cultural backgrounds, qualifications and or standing in society; hence advance a shared sense of belonging and shared workplace vision. Above all, Collaborative Management moves beyond workplace poverty stereotypes. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) founded by Shankar (1936) asserts on importance of team members to realize when to put their ego aside and appreciate the contributions of fellow workers. In essence, this calls for collaborative negotiation, collaborative leadership, as well as collaborative communication to create a harmonious workplace environment.
This style of leadership, therefore, requires not only fundamentally different and flexible systems and processes at workplaces but paradigm shifts in mindsets. The world is so much addicted to the contemporary and bureaucratic hierarchy found in most businesses, not conducive for all to excel in all they are good at. In their book titled, 'Words That Work in Business: A Practical Guide to Effective Communication in the Workplace', Lasater and Stiles (2010) provide useful hints on how to increase workforce collaboration. They suggest that showing appreciation and supporting people's efforts through more explicit expressions of gratitude within a group produces results. Acknowledging and celebrating both individual and group accomplishments help build group cohesion and in general increases personal satisfaction which ultimately leads to both business and individual growth.
Collaborative Management boost staff confidence and impact company performance positively. It is a proven tool to enhance staff satisfaction, opens communication lines and makes all feel valued, counted and listened to as equal contributors to company day-day operations no matter at what level they are operating from being it gardening, cleaning, driving, typing and or running around with company utilities
Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability."-