Author: 
Jane Geltch, National Disability Services
Collaboration

Just like the three billy goats gruff, organisations seeking to get to greener pastures by using the bridge of collaboration also encounter a troll. Well actually they encounter three trolls: the trolls of control, competition and commitment.

This is the analogy offered by Social Ventures Australia’s Director Geoff Aigner in his paper ‘Collaboration: Getting beyond the magical thinking’ .

The magical thinking being: “If we just work together, we can create or implement something that eludes us when working alone”.

Aigner argues that whilst collaboration promises us so much - better outcomes, more efficient use of resources, innovation – there are also common barriers, which often get in the way. These barriers require a different way of working and a new set of skills.

The paper presents Social Leadership Australia’s model of challenges in collaboration using ‘trolls’ to represent the challenges of control, competition and commitment.

Strategies for taking on each of the trolls are explored and readers are challenged to build the skills required to tackle the three trolls rather than just hoping for a magical outcome.

Read about Social Leadership Australia’s model of challenges in collaboration and advice on how to overcome them in their paper  'Collaboration: Getting beyond the magical thinking’.

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