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6 Keys to Collaboration That Works: Introducing Our Guide for Teamwork That Works

Written by 
Shauna Ward
April 12, 2021

What does it take to collaborate?

Working together on a team isn’t easy — especially in today’s remote and hybrid world. Despite countless ways to communicate, teams still struggle to collaborate, much less innovate.

Collaboration shouldn’t be so hard. It’s time to level up your team with Collaboration That Works, a new interactive content experience from MURAL — a digital book that’s bite-sized and bookmark-able for easy reading.

Of course, we’re not the first to tackle this challenge. There have been countless books and articles written about teamwork, and we drew upon some of them for this resource.

What makes Collaboration That Works different is not that we’ve uncovered “one weird trick” to solve your collaboration challenges. It’s the way we put these principles into action.

Here’s the thing: Teams from around the world, from small nonprofits to over half of the global Fortune 100, come to MURAL to work together, do the hard work as a team, and have fun along the way. Product teams, executive teams, college classrooms — groups of all shapes and sizes are leveling up teamwork through visual collaboration that's facilitated for incredible outcomes. 

And no matter the team or the problems they’re solving, six common factors have come into play, driving how they work together. Driving collaboration that works.

6 keys to collaboration for high-impact teamwork

So, what are the keys to making collaboration work? Let’s take a look. (Fun fact: The first letter of each core concept can be rearranged to spell IMPACT. 🤓)

  • Connection: Email, chat, video ... so many ways to communicate! But the kind of connection teams crave takes more than tools.
  • Trust: Trust is risky business. It means taking chances and having faith in your team. It even takes play! And it’s not built overnight.
  • Purpose: What’s your team’s reason for being? When a team knows its purpose, everyone is more motivated to do their best work.
  • Alignment: Teams may not always see eye to eye, but they must find alignment about the work to be done.
  • Imagination: Imagination comes naturally for kids, so why is it so hard for adults — and teams? And why does imagination make all the difference for teams today?
  • Mobilization: Teams with great ideas can still fail. Success only happens when you put teamwork in motion.

If six feels like a lot, don’t worry — you don’t need to read the content from top to bottom to start putting these principles to work for you. Jump around to read the stories that are most relevant to your team, and snag the tips and templates that will make the biggest impact for your team.

Now, without further ado, take a step toward making collaboration easier so you can get on with solving the hard problems with your team.

About the author

About the authors

Shauna Ward

Shauna Ward is a content marketing manager at MURAL. As a former remote work skeptic, she enjoys creating resources that help distributed teams make collaboration fun, easy, and effective.

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