The Power Of The Collective

By: Garry Connolly, President, Host in Ireland

As the old sayings go “No man is an island” and “Two heads are better than one”.

But how true is it and do we apply what we learn in Junior School as we grow into Adulthood?

The current #1 track on the Billboard Hot 100 list is a collaboration between Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. 31 other tracks on the same list are collabs and some of the biggest hits of all time are all products of artists’ collaboration.

Collaboration is also a big deal in the film industry. As Steven Spielberg puts it “Filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.”

Yes, we know that collaboration is vital in music, film and the arts in general. But how about in our daily lives? Take a look at the power of collaboration and how it has been with us for almost all of our existence, helping us to survive.

  1. It may not seem like it but the beginnings of collaboration can be traced back to infancy.

The basic skills for collaboration include communication and trust. When parents or caregivers respond to the baby’s cries, coos and actions, there is a two-way communication that is happening. Babies begin to learn to trust, rely on others, and cooperate early on.

     2. We develop other collaborative skills in our social interactions as young children.

Growing up, we learn to share, take turns, listen to others, ask questions, accept criticisms, and think creatively in school, home, and other settings. Children who have better social skills tend to work well with others and have a better chance at surviving in a collaborative workplace. Therefore, those rules about playing nice at the playground have lasting effects after all.

     3. In school, we learn more about the values of respect and teamwork.

Everyone knows that school situations can be tough and it is the presence of friends and good relationships with peers that make it bearable. It is also during this time that we discover more about ourselves and start embracing individual differences - these are the precursors of good collaboration too.

Educational systems push for collaborative learning because of its benefits in the socio-emotional development of students and the effects in terms of classroom management.

    4. Many workplaces these days call for collaborative effort.

Once upon a time, being successful in the workplace only meant beating everyone to get to the top. Nowadays, many careers and industries call for people effectively working together. Companies are seeing the wisdom in collaboration or team achievement in terms of generating positive results more quickly. A collaborative working environment is more possible thanks to technology that allows for quick emails, instant messaging, document management, video conferencing, app sharing and so much more. Aside from delivering results in terms of revenue, collaboration has also been linked to greater employee satisfaction, lower employee mortality rates, better division of labour, more creative input, and more chances of growth in terms of organisational structures and processes.

Is it working ?

Do we apply what we learn in 1 to our "Grown Up" everyday lives in 4?

If I have learnt anything in life it is that Collaboration not only is more rewarding it is also so much more fun, from winning a soccer match and celebrating with team mates to launching Host in Ireland last year with fierce competitors in the same field.

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