Today I read about “being cooperating or collaborating which one influences success” an article by Danial burrus .
“You cooperate because you have to; you collaborate because you want to”
I agree that people in different situations of life or workplace pick any one of the above and apply it as and when required.
Cooperation in some ways is subjected to want and compliance merely to be part of the team or work one has to perform , whereas Collaboration is a completely positive term where the person is willingly being part of the situation or work even if there is presence or absence of some interest of the individual involved in those.
Success majorly depends upon the amount of interaction and commitment of the individuals involved in the task who facilitate group cohesiveness, where they collaborate to achieve a certain goal.
For instance there can be a workplace where a particular assignment is given to two different teams where one team cooperates and another collaborates to complete it.
Cooperation : the team lacks motivation, its more about the willingness of the members involved, social loafing becomes prominent , no clear vision and goal orientation, lack of involvement and devoid of challenges.
Collaboration : its positive in outlook, motivation among members, team spirit, goal oriented, focus on goal and completion of assignment.
Collaboration is a more social and positive term than cooperation where individual love to willingly work for the benefit of others or themselves in a serious manner where the goal is not deprived of motivation or carelessness.