If you didn't know already, there are many benefits to collaborating.
Organisations are now beginning to realise this too, with one study finding that 75% of employers rate team work and collaboration as “very important.”
To inspire you, we have collated a selection of collaboration videos from TED Talks that show the incredible results that can occur when people work together towards a common goal.
Collaboration - Affect/Possibility: Ken Blanchard at TEDxSanDiego
Stating that "no one of us is as smart as all of us," Ken Blanchard describes three aspects of successful collaboration:
1. If you meet someone who wants to accomplish something, and you want to accomplish something, the experience is meant to be dynamic
2. Rely on the different skills and experience people bring to the table
3."Essence" and "form" are the two characteristics of a solid collaboration.
Build a tower, build a team | Tom Wujec
Tom Wujec from Autodesk presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow.
The power of collaboration: Dr. Shelle VanEtten de Sánchez at TEDxABQWomen
Over the past 12 years as the Director of Education at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Dr. Shelle VanEttten de Sánchez learned indispensible lessons about the power of collaboration in situations of limited fiscal resources, staffing, and time.
Cultivating Collaboration: Don't Be So Defensive! | Jim Tamm | TEDxSantaCruz
Ever see red? It's called being defensive, and turns out, it is the single greatest inhibitor to true collaboration. Jim Tamm shares years of experience in getting out of the red zone and cultivating a "green zone" attitude.
Why Collaboration Is An Individual Effort: Emily Eldridge at TEDxMU
Understanding personalities, people, and their individual needs is essential to collaboration and good teamwork. Indeed, Emily shows us that there is an "I" in "Team," and that the individual has a lot of power in an over-connected world.
How collaboration makes it happen | Tor Inge Garvik | TEDxArendal
Tor Inge leads an ambitious development team focusing on global health and innovation. The non-profit company Laerdal Global Health’s goal is to help save the lives of hundreds of thousands newborns and mothers every year.
Working within strong global partnerships, they have made solutions available that dramatically improves survival at day of birth. Watch Tor-Inge talk about the products, the innovation, and how a tight cooperation with people in the field makes it all possible.
Successful collaboration | Stephen & Joel Levinson | TEDxDayton
For over a decade, Stephen and Joel have been creative partners, all while living on different coasts and in different time zones. They’ve condensed their formula for collaborative success into ten basic rules, which they share in their talk
Collaboration: The new competition | Bruno Fernandes | TEDxHECMontréal
Bruno strongly believes that we don't have to choose between pursuing our ambitions and helping others pursue theirs. As a martial art champion, Bruno got better in Jiu Jitsu because he closely collaborated with his competitors. A very inspiring talk about the powerful effect of collaboration and community.