Tips for leading collaborative teams and making progress

Published 2011-07-30

If you hope to achieve things you're gonna need help from others. Whether you want to build a content-first media organization, or re-think how news is gathered and presented, you can't do it alone.

So once your idea or process or app is given the green light, and the ball starts rolling forward, how do you effectively communicate and win over the skeptical? How do you go from pitching a great idea to implementing it for wider adoption?

Here are some unscientific methods that I enjoy:

Remember, one of the easiest ways to receive buy-in from others is to buy in to their ideas and be influenced by them. Put another way: "Just kick the ball around with them."

You suddenly see skill sets grow and a sharing of knowledge that can bridge the gap for those who want to ask the question, but might not know the terminology. What's more, those interactions and collaborations that take place simply by kicking the ball around with others shape the final outcome of a project and allow it to become more than the sum of its parts.