When you’re fighting hard on behalf of the people or things for which your organization stands, you must be able to trust those fighting by your side. “You can deal with staff members who turn out to be scoundrels so long as you stick like glue to your organization’s personnel policies,” according to Barbara Floersch, director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
“Collaborators who are toxic to a project are different. If good faith efforts to sort things out fail, there’s not usually much you can do. Insincere collaborators can turn a promising project into a mess,” she said. To smooth the way for productive collaboration, Floersch suggests reviewing a simple checklist before joining ranks on a project with outside collaborators:
“Solid, effective collaborations are highly rewarding,” said Floersch. “They leverage expanded resources and talent and propel important work forward.” To get the full benefits of collaboration, vet the project and players before jumping in.
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