Collaboration and cooperation: key managerial competencies in matrix organizations.
First step – How to serve of a goal
We like to cooperate and to help. Each of us has a personal idea how this can be delivered: an idea such as «many individuals working together with all their talents and competencies, reaching a common goal.»
After a certain time, each individual asks himself:
- Am I going to give without receiving anything, am I bringing my expertise without any recognition?
- Am I not going to disappear because of the power of the group, or because of a project that will take over my competencies or my own personal power?
When these thoughts arise, complexity can become the norm… Let’s have a closer look.
First, cooperation is based on the idea that there is a common corporate culture. This culture is at first embodied by its executives, then its managers, then everyone. It’s a mind frame in which people think more of the dynamic capacities of the organization rather than «my cheese» or «my own small universe». A clear leadership embodying these corporate values will help to develop new ways of working.
The very first step is to make sure that each manager is at ease with these new way of thinking: stepping out from sequential or self centered thoughts, moving to be at the service of the common goal or strategy, to facilitate cooperation at each level of the organization and to be motivated by results and customers.
To embrace change and have new ambitions are the key ingredient for a successful motivation.
It means individually that everyone stops working exclusively for oneself … and initiate the start of a collaborative team work. Each manager will have to find his or her own way to create the right environment to enable this to happen.