Accidental Entrepreneur: How To Create A Collaborative Culture For Success

  • Listening: Listening to the viewpoints of people with various experiences and opinions is at the top of my list. Listening provides a platform for others to openly provide feedback and listen to each other with differing opinions. Once the ideas and opinions are on the table, it is easier to drive for decisions. During listening, I tend to ask poking questions and supporting data which provide the ground for accepting the idea or driving towards different ideas. First and foremost is to create an environment for listening.
  • Being Part of Solution: It is easy for people to throw eggs at other’s ideas or solutions and find reasons why an idea won’t work. These are the people I get worried about when they don’t provide alternative solutions but are negative about other’s ideas. By collaborating with others and learning from each other to come up with solutions is what makes people feel a part of a team. When people feel that they were part of the solution, they tend to step up and contribute to the overall success of the project.
  • Focus on Results: Every team would have people with differing personalities. While managers/team leads have the responsibility to create an environment for togetherness, it doesn’t always work. In these situations, I take a deep breath :), and reiterate the end goals. Then looking at the end goals and articulating them in the most efficient way, schedule, cost, resources required, removes the emotions out to place the focus back to the overall team/project success.
  • Individual Responsibility: While I talk about collaborative culture, why am I bringing up individual responsibilities here?!. The reason is that the strength of any project or team is as strong as the weakest link on the team. Therefore it is imperative to have everyone in the team take responsibility for their own responsibilities and deliver to it. As a leader/manager, they need to understand the strength and weakness of each member of the team to manage them accordingly.
  • Collective Accomplishment: Have you been part of a winning team?! End of the day, everyone in the team, even those who played a very small part should feel great about the end product/result as their contributions helped achieve the goal. We all strive for success in our career and personal life. Being part of a winning team with a collaborative mindset adds another level of satisfaction to the team members.



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Ruban Kanapathippillai

Ruban Kanapathippillai

Entrepreneur, Founder of multiple successful startups, Mentor/coach, Angel investor (Sandhill Angels) and Positive thinker