Eyes on your own paper! Controlled collaboration.

Posted by Kevin Flanigan

Controlled collaborative methods - Getting it done!

controlled collaboration, secured sharing

As children most of us remember being told to keep our eyes on our own work or paper.   Do not copy someone else’s work.  Not many of us were taught to collaborate.  In some cases it was deemed cheating, and asking for help was a sign of intellectual weakness.  Working together doesn’t always come easy.  Some of us like to work alone,  I often find myself thinking it’s faster to do it myself rather than have to explain what needs to be done.  However I’ve learned the benefits of working collaboratively. Shared ownership of the tasks at hand, result in a better end product, need more?   The success of social media marketing is a great example of how the many working together, sharing information provides tremendous, measurable result.


“Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much” 

This quote by Helen Keller reminds me of a story involving my children and their friend and cousins.  We were on vacation and the adults had been playing Bocce Ball, the set was heavy, I carried the balls around in a milk crate.  The kids had been watching and waited patiently to play.  They were told after dinner.  As the kids finished up their meal they all remembered that bocce was next. One of the Dads said they would out in a minute to carry the balls over for them as the set was way too heavy for any of them to left.  The kids went out, but didn’t wait they all took a side there were two little ones on one side and the lifted the crate and carried it over to the court to play.  Alone none of them would have been able to lift the crate yet together they did it with ease.  My children have obvious be taught the benefits’ of working together for a common good!

Don’t be a slow learner, lighten your load, and embrace a collaborative approach.

Controlled collaborative methods have a significant higher success rating than those that go it alone.Controlled collaboration is working with each other to do a task and to achieve shared goals. It is a recursive  process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals, (this is more than the intersection of common goals seen in co-operative ventures, but a deep, collective, determination to reach an identical objective— for example, an endeavor that is creative in nature—by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward.

Wikipedia says - In collaboration, respect is a critical component of group performance and is given and/or received in two distinctly different ways:

The "give none" model of collaborative respect is seen when individuals or teams expect others to earn respect based on the actions of those persons. This often occurs inside organizations, businesses and other groups where there is an existing commonality. Persons joining a collaborative team must prove what they can do and how they are valuable to the group to gain respect and continue working with the group. The "give all" model of collaborative respect occurs when individuals or teams provide others with respect and—through interaction—may lose or maintain their level of respect. This often occurs when already established and functioning collaborative teams invite a new group or team to join. These new members have often already shown their work to be of high quality and face expectations to deliver such quality for their new team.

Secured collaboration is recommended when you are working with remote collaborative teams.

All your efforts can be improved through collaborative efforts.  DocuServe has include collaboration as well as securing content solutions as one of its Ten things to considered before you race to Digital Content.  We recommend you review the free guide offered below.  Here is a collaborative excerpt.


Collaborative Efforts Succeed

Include the right people! As explained above, including the same team you use to develop printed materials as you convert to online ensures usability.  Include teachers/trainers and let them know their input is important.  A goal might be to reduce teaching loads so that these faculty members can spend sufficient time developing their online courses.  Train the group together on the tool. Provide ongoing training from a range of experts specializing in online course development and delivery to ensure your project moves ahead. Establish a community environment to encourage collaboration.  Establish a mentoring program with experienced instructors, designers, and project managers

  10 Things to Consider Before Racing to Digital Content



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