For us as a cluster organization, the intersection of different industries interests us from an innovation perspective because innovation rarely happens just within industries, businesses and organizations. In the gaps between organizational boundaries, the potential exists for new innovations such as products, services and collaborations.
Challenge the boundaries
What potential collaborators await beyond the boundaries of your organization or company? Challenge yourself and choose a collaborator who makes you curious. If you choose someone who is too much like yourself it will be a more comfortable journey, but the result will most likely not be as exciting. Even with completely unexpected and at first thought impossible partners, one can find a common denominator. Maybe you face similar challenges, share target groups or have the same aims? Through listing your similarities and differences, you will clarify the purpose of your collaboration.
Boost each other
By working across boundaries, you will gain access to each other’s networks. You will reach a bigger critical mass with your message and by attesting for one another, you will gain an invaluable entry to each other’s contacts. Give each other tips and make use of the collaboration to create new relationships. A close collaboration, however, requires that the whole organization is engaged with expressed support from the management.
Don’t fear the frustration
There is much to win from collaboration. By leveraging each other’s strengths, we jointly become stronger. By getting to know each other’s weaknesses, we avoid making the same mistakes. It is unavoidable, however, that collaboration sounds good in theory but is difficult to achieve in reality. Prepare yourself that you will be forced to compromise. Don’t be afraid of conflicts – it can be through frustration that you discover what your own strengths and weaknesses are.
What are your thoughts?
- Do you face a challenge that you share with a competitor? Perhaps together you can save resources and find a solution that favors you both.
- What are your weaknesses? Who could help you overcome them?
- Who, in your first impression, seems like an impossible collaborator? How could you work together?
- How could you work more across boundaries?