By Kathleen Johnson, Vice President at BNY Mellon | Pershing

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines collaboration this way: to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.

With this shared understanding, I wondered, what makes some collaborations successful and others less so? In pursuit of more explanation I asked colleagues to describe recent group projects.

The responses reveal elements that impact the practice of working together. Some mentioned are: personality types, priorities, goals, approaches, positions, knowledge, experience and age. With all of these factors influencing collaborations, how to succeed becomes more complicated than simply “work jointly together.”

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