Inter-Department Cooperation

Communication is essential to defuse any potential problems when interacting with other levels;
for example:

(A) Department assigned the project to you and may not agree with your idea.
(B) Departments within your company or on your team each have varying priorities and schedules.
(C) Dealing with other resources; companies, consultants, etc. outside of your company.

Participation in this program will teach you to:

1. Collaborate with all department(s) assigned to the project.

  • Establish leadership teams.
  • Create win/win solutions.
  • Effective time management. Accommodate work schedules.
  • Develop a systematic plan to remain within budget and meet deadlines.

2. Communicate regularly while the project is under way.

  • Form relationships and understand with whom you are working with.
  • Set definite methods of contact: phone, email, meetings.
  • Build trust to accomplish organizational goals; the bigger picture.
  • Exercise open and honest communication about priorities.

3. Focus on problems, not the people.

  • Identify the problem in advance and provide solutions.
  • Stop the expectations! Make no assumptions. Be calm – not reactive – be proactive.
  • Remain flexible. Use effective listening skills. Be open to additional input.
  • All facets of the project are not in your control. Accept delays as part of the process.

4. Outside Resources.

  • Develop a schedule to reach for the deadline prior to your actual date for completion.
  • Establish strong relationships – gather teams and/or departments to achieve specific goals and contribute to the process.
  • Provide a platform that allows additional input about the project/assignment.
  • Identify goals to establish collaboration, and build confidence within the leadership team.