9 May, 2023

How to Build a Collaborative Project Culture with Deb Mashek

Collaboration is a vital aspect of all Project Management. Yet there are few sources of really helpful, practical advice. Deb Mashek is a psychologist who has just written a fantastic book, Collabor(h)ate that I can recommend to all PMs. So, I wanted to discuss some of its ideas with her.

📙 Collabor(h)ate: How to build incredible collaborative relationships at work

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What we discussed

  1. The foundation of Deb Mashek’s book – and her thinking – is a simple model, the ‘Mashek Matrix’. Deb describes how it works.
  2. Relationship quality is vital to good collaboration and Collabor(h)ate offers nine very practical strategies to improve it. We discuss some that are particularly relevant in the project context.
  3. Interdependence is the second axis of the Mashek Matrix. And Deb’s book offers 10 strategies to optimize it for the team. Again, we discuss a few favorite examples.
  4. Collabor(h)ate has a great chapter on creating a workshop and using the Mashek Matrix as a tool to improve collaboration. So, we discuss how Project Managers can build a collaborative project culture.

Deb Mashek, Author of Collabor(h)ate

Deb Mashek is a psychologist who applies relationship science to help people collaborate better. Why? Because skilled collaborators build strong teams, and strong teams build successful organizations.

Deb’s consulting business, Myco Consulting, specializes in helping teams to collaborate. Whether it is establishing a culture of collaboration in a new team, or harnessing the potential of great collaboration in an existing one. Or maybe helping team members who are struggling to connect across lines of difference.

Her new book, Collabor(h)ate is less about how to collaborate and more about creating the conditions for collaboration. And that is something all project managers need.

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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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