You know the old saying, "Teamwork makes the dream work"? The idea of creating teams within the workplace is nothing new. However, over the past few years, there has been an increase in smaller groups working together for a common good, thanks to tech platforms such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, and G Suite. With large organizations, there is always a lead person--either someone who is part of the team or an individual to whom the group reports. But what happens when you are in business for yourself and/or run a small company? Fortunately, you're in luck. Harvard Business Review states that there are some questions you can ask when collaborating with others, and I've found that they can help you get started in scaled-down situations too:
* What are our goals and process for this project?
* Who will do what, and by when?
* What are our individual preferred working styles and strengths?
* When and how will we give each other feedback on our working relationship?
* What do we need from each other to do our best work?
Using these questions as a rubric for each job or project can really help shape it. This also holds true if you work with subcontractors.
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