Come sviluppare integrazione e cooperazione in azienda?

Developing integration and cooperation in a company, within the People Development area, requires paying particular attention to personal development, the team and the entire organization.
In a VUCA , world, the ability to build shared-scenarios, bring out information and solutions from below, open channels for listening and discussion, seems to be a fundamental key to success for organizations and individual leaders, less and less masters of all the necessary knowledge.

Dysfunctionality vs Interfunctionality

In our projects, aimed at developing integration and cooperation in a company, we observe some recurring difficulties. Here are some keystones of our actions which aim to recognise and turn these issues around:

  • Information stays within certain boundaries, so it does not circulate freely
  • Some attitudes of the top management show little interest in listening and comparing, between the lines
  • People have little incentive to share and exchange
  • Meetings are often moments in which to show and defend one’s ideas, rather than contexts of shared construction of solutions
  • Conflict is often experienced on a personal level, instead of being accepted as a creative element of comparison or search for innovative solutions

These are difficulties that have their roots not in methods, processes or know-how but in the mindset of people and groups. A mindset that needs to evolve, through an (often disruptive) path of development and enhancement.

Integration and cooperation in a company: is there only one problem?

It is enough to observe two children playing, to understand how much human nature oscillates between the desire to share and to excel over the other. For this reason, organizational contexts often tend to get lost among these conflicting forces, with the risk of fuelling individualism and discouraging inter-functionality.
It is important to note that integration and cooperation in a company are fuelled by several factors:

  • Organizational processes capable of stimulating people to work together, to put forward solutions, ideas and information to common advantage
  • A shared culture that knows how to value talks, listening, comparisons and shared planning of solutions
  • The individual attitude of each person, who may be more or less inclined to overcome certain barriers, must be encouraged to share playing fields and challenges, sharing their skills and knowledge

Torreluna’s mission in this type of projects, is therefore to strengthen these aspects, give them dignity and strength, create a context that allows them to be reproduced.

Self-empowerment: a turning point

The concept of self-empowerment recalls the idea of ​​empowering the individual. Consequently, this method may appear more focused on the emergence of personal talent than on creating a context for dialogue and mutual listening.
On the other hand, our experience clearly and evidently shows us how characteristic it is of individuals, rich in developed and confident resources, to be able to open up to comparison, to accept or even seek resistance, to move easily in complex relational circumstances. The development of personal and professional potential, both in a person and in a team, can therefore enable them to:

  • Seek discussion and appreciate shared solutions, even where these initially require greater commitment
  • Stimulate others and oneself to leave one’s own “comfort zone”, typically characterized by knowledge of one’s own boundaries and processes, as well as specific know-how
  • Recognise the dysfunctional elements (killer) that limit one’s aptitude to cooperate, at certain times or with certain spokespeople, to learn to face and overcome the limits themselves

  • Acquire your own style of communication that is smooth and direct
  • Strengthen one’s willingness to engage in dialogue and listening

Influence at this level is only possible through a structured and proven method over the years. A development process that allows the individual to move situations in an incisive way, but are also integrated and coherent with the organizational needs and the capabilities of each individual.

Ability to make alliances: micro and macro

Each individual and team development action, aimed at greater integration and cooperation in a company will be effective in enhancing inter-functionality, where it is able to have an impact on several parallel levels:

  • Activate a quality leap in both the personal and professional side of the individual, which enhances the ability to compare and cooperate
  • In parallel, every action, even if it is only a single coaching session, must have the aim and ambition of transforming the organizational culture, by involving other spokespeople either directly or indirectly.

In this way, we have been able to see, in our experience, that projects aimed at increasing integration and cooperation in a company have a greater transformative impact when they arise from a co-design process (cooperation, listening, mutual openness) between the stakeholders who sponsor them.

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