Being able to perceive the world through the eyes of others would open the door to complete understanding. To see what others see, would be a different angle to our perception. This is how frustration is conceived; unwillingness to even make an attempt to reach out and extend metaphorical olive branch by listening to others. It’s so convenient to walk away, to shut down the possibility to any form of communication. As a result one party feels defeated and undermined, the other feels like they reached their final mark. At the end we have an unresolved issue, diminished morale, and squandered opportunity.
Collaboration in its own definition involves two parties to come together in order to resolve undergoing problem. You cannot overwhelm employee with your own preconceived ideas. You need to draw specific road map, where in case of unexpected event employee feels empowered to used their best judgement and at the same time fulfill the given task within acceptable boundaries. Do not restrain their abilities and freedom to express their own concepts. Empower them more with your knowledge than with your directives. Always be open to receive their input, especially at times when you think there’s no room for incorporating anything else.
Think about times and people who created unbelievable things, but during their projects they were undermined and ridiculed. Always welcome new ideas, don’t settle for basics, and don’t tell yourself certain tactics are not negotiable. Be prepare to grow with your staff, to develop new skills and to enter uncharted territories.