If the last post was “Collaboration,” this post contains musings about when to consider a group’s actions as non-collaboration. What are the signs that a recipe for success has been diluted into a recipe for disaster?
Two examples. One group with a mix of SMEs, one of whom is an attorney, meets and spends the first nine hours of meetings writing and rewriting an agreement that is intended to be the legal backbone of the proposed consortium. e.g., who gets paid what, formatting of materials, etc.
Another group of SMEs after meeting for a total of nine hours, has confirmed its membership, identified its target market and is drafting promotional materials designed to help them access that target market. While some legal format will probably be needed and developed, the second team has also probably moved from the Forming stage of team development, quickly through the Storming stage and is now sharing their efforts in the Norming stage. Unlike their counterparts who, by all indications, are stuck in the Forming stage and quickly heading for a lengthy stay in the Storming stage.
More to come. Comments welcomed.