In a second I’ll ask you to shut your eyes. To think about the best working collaboration you’ve had with someone from outside your organisation. To think about why the relationship worked when others didn’t. Ready? Ok, go.
Welcome back. What did you come up with? If you’re anything like me, words such as trust, respect, fun, and honesty might be swimming around your brain. The ability to pick up the phone and ask a silly question, or a favour, or just rant.
Ok, next one. Don’t need to shut your eyes for this. Think about words you’d associate with a couple of the most prominent NHS versions of collaboration: mergers between providers, or the beloved sustainability and transformation plans. Of the printable terms, I’m guessing governance, due-diligence, and synergies, might be there or thereabouts.