YOUnique4Europe - Mapping and presenting your unique personal and social competences for better employability in a digital world
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The soft skill collaboration describes your ability to work with others effectively in a goal- and task-oriented manner and in an appreciative way of mutual trust and respect. This also means not to reject other people and groups. The basic requirement for this is your ability to work in teams, to further develop ideas and thoughts of others and to be able to engage in group-dynamic processes.

The soft skill collaboration also includes an empathic ability that helps you to recognize and understand another person's thoughts, emotions, and personality traits and secondly a conflict management ability.

Synonyms:       Cooperation

Sub-Skills:        Relationship building, team working, social conscience, 
conflict management

To demonstrate self-awareness,
Antonio suggests you:

  1. Try to understand what is said between the lines
  2. Address controversial issues openly without the conflict escalating
  3. Invite people to generate ideas or to solve a problem
  4. Distribute team tasks according to strengths and interests of team members
  5. Work with people who have different job functions to achieve a common goal

Examples - Collaboration

Mattia goes with his school class to the climbing park. There is a special course for teams. At one climbing station Mattia climbs up a steep tower of tree trunks together with his classmate. Four other students have to secure them from below with a rope. They all have to coordinate their efforts so that Mattia and his friend do not fall down, but at the same time have enough rope space to reach the top.

Marketing is very team-based, which Mario appreciates. In his current role, when he and his team take on a new client, they first meet as a group to whiteboard ideas. Once they have an action plan, they split and get their work done independently. Starting a project as a group effort is an excellent way to boost the teams' morale and create collaborative co-worker relationships.

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