How to play well on any team: 9 collaboration tips


Working with other people is central to the fabric of business. As Steve Jobs, founder and former CEO of Apple, said “Great things in business are never done by one person; they're done by a team of people."

So whether you’re organising an industry event or manufacturing the world’s most socially advanced robot, you rely on co-operation with others – their skills, their knowledge, their time – to get the job done. And because we work more and more across international borders, being able to adapt to different working styles, cultures and platforms is at the heart of good collaboration.

Collaboration means being able to communicate and work with people from all types of background. Building strong relationships and networks is key to delivering better outcomes. It means being flexible and accommodating in your style, especially in how you communicate ­– both in person and using technology.

As technology advances and social norms shift, the need for people with excellent collaboration skills is becoming greater for businesses and employers. Here are 9 tips that will help set you up for success.

Whatever your previous experiences and feelings about working with others, it will be a central skill for your future career. So put these insights into practice and your ability to play well on any team will set you apart and take you far.