Collaboration in the team is important, however  I think there is a also compelling argument for autonomy as argued by Nina Mapstone Bone in AHRIs June edition of the HR Monthly (see article http://www.hrmonline.com.au/section/opinion/collaboration-at-work/).  Collaboration in certain circumstances could lead to group think and suppress innovation plus several other negative scenarios as explained by Nina. In most cases collaboration can be very effective in bringing through enterprise contributions by encouraging collaboration leading to increased profits. The pro-collaboration argument was well stated by Aaron McEwan.

Leadership that is able to generally encourage collaboration in networks, teams and communities (NTCs) for me is the way organisations need to operate today. This debate provided food for thought in coaching leaders to support innovation and sustainability in different environments and stages of the decision making process.

Thank you Nina, Aaron and AHRI for this valuable for and against debate.

 

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