Integrative thinking and attitudes

Learn how to develop collaboratively work in interdisciplinary teams is an activity that results from interaction between mental structures and the environment.

Often are notorious differences in attitude among people to build a model that satisfies the wishes and interests of those members of the teams that are working on a voluntary and collaborative basis.

To collaborate is not a simple consequence of an assertion. It is not enough to say that we want. We must have courage!

To collaborate requires a different attitude that is go beyond business case studies or exchanges of good practices. Business, in the face of the demands of the constant torrent of change, cannot be satisfied in transferring a solution from one company to another.

Collaborate and embrace the increasing complexity that companies face is a destiny that people who embrace the interdisciplinarity and who are not afraid to be wrong, want.

Interdisciplinary teams have the potential for greater creativity in organizations.

When imbued with critical thinking, interdisciplinary teams produce creative work, and its members can actively express their ideas without fear of interfering with the interpersonal relationships, even if it means having to be assertive with dissenting perspectives, but advocating change and improving things.

Conflicts should be seen as opportunities to leverage creative activities. In fact, our “negatives” feelings can provide a sign that something is not right and thus provide persistent demand of creative responses to the discontent that has occurred.

Understand the different views and the reasons of discontent or dissatisfaction of people, whether they are members of the team or users, is key to find the solution that fits surgically in the defined problems.

Now, imagine that you can show in your work, empathy, integrative thinking, optimism, willingness to experiment and collaboration.


Be in tune with the inner world of someone else leads to a deeper understanding and to a great development of interpersonal skills that allow us to reproduce some emotions detected in the other and have an instant sensation of shared experience.

To collaborate with others often means having to face opposing models, but does not mean having to give up our model for the benefit of another or vice versa. On the contrary means choosing the most relevant points, check which types of relationships exist between them, build a new model and decide how to solve the problem.

To think in a integrative way, is to face constructively the tension of opposing models, and instead of choose one over the other, we must generate a creative solution, which contains elements of individual models, but is superior to each of them.

Integrative thinking is a “competence” critical to an interdisciplinary work. Know the people, empathize and observe behaviors and attitudes, is part of a collaborative process and open-minded that cannot exist without a good portion of courage.

That is why that, at the base of the creation of a culture of collaboration, is also the creation of a culture courage and that is not only making people fearless to speak in public, but rather, to create the conditions in which the brave people can co realize their projects.

These are conditions of integrity, trust and tolerance for taking risks. Integrity is the root of trust, which is the fuel for collaboration.

Here are some questions:

To what extent the different personal experiences are conditions of knowledge sharing?

Courage and optimism are not innate skills but to what extent it contributes to an open mind and collaboration?

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