Are we collaborating or loafing?



June 19th, 2013 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

An interesting article relevant to collaboration on projects from Lifehacker yesterday prompted an interesting discussion as a result. We are told that we should collaborate … on films, scripts, game development, crowdfunding projects, open source coding.

Collaborate is the continual mantra!

But it’s important to bear in mind that our projects mean the most to us. Others just aren’t as invested as we are. They can let us down.

This is perhaps due to the phenomenon of “Social Loafing” – a tendency that has been demonstrated when individuals pull on a rope less strongly when they believe others are pulling with them. If you’re talking about a project that you want to share the load on it’s important to remember that sharing the project means everyone pulls significantly less than when working alone. This includes you!

And it's perfectly normal and something we realistically have to expect.

I think the moral of the story is that we should be sure we need to collaborate before we do. Could you perhaps be learning the skills required to do a task that you are about to ask someone else to do for you? At least then you would know how to do it yourself next time.

Food for thought?

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