Challenges

When members of a collaboration include individuals who are unwilling to collaborate, the impact can have negative consequences on the success of a collaboration. You also will need to work more closely with these individuals to understand their viewpoints and to try to address their concerns.

Solo Practice Model
Professionals who have been trained in a traditional solo practice model may prefer to work as an autonomous practitioner and avoid collaborations. Below, a primary care physician shares her thoughts about some of her peers and her perspectives about working with teams.

Public Health Nurse“Some people can really make it difficult to succeed. They are selected to participate as a team member in the collaboration but you would never know it. They really are just plainly unwilling at every turn. It’s their attitude and I find that I really have to have a strategy to bring them into the fold.”

The notion of working as part of a collaboration and sharing ideas and responsibilities with another professional is foreign to some people and really a little bit threatening for them.

Professional unwilling to collaborateMy Way or the Highway!
When individuals place their personal values above the collaboration’s goals, the result can be a barrier to the collaboration’s success. They support the slogan “It’s My Way or the Highway!”

Working with individuals who have a disconnect between the focus of the collaboration and their personal values can be a challenge. This should be addressed for the survival of the collaboration.

Educating practitioners to work in collaborations in interdisciplinary and intersectoral settings is a key enabler that is associated with the systems level factor – Targeted Professional Education.

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