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Core Values Context: Collaboration by Ryan Houfek, CCO

At DCLI, our Core Values are the way we do business. Core Values Context is a series of articles written by DCLI’s leadership team. In each article, a member of that team will share insights about what the selected Core Value means to them.

COLLABORATION is clearly a buzzword in the business world today, and with good reason. Working collaboratively with people who have different perspectives or areas of expertise usually results in better ideas and outcomes. But, collaboration does not just happen. It’s one thing to acknowledge the value of collaboration and it’s another to engrain the potential of teamwork so fully that it becomes central to the DNA of an organization like DCLI.

Many of our most important challenges are complex, multifaceted, and best tackled by a team of functional experts from different areas of the company. Creativity thrives when people collaborate together as a team. Brainstorming ideas as a team prevents stale viewpoints that often result from working alone, or within just one department. Combining unique perspectives from each team member always results in more effective selling and operating solutions.

Collaboration - One of Our Core Values
To me, collaboration and teamwork are synonymous. What I have learned from my experience in sports clearly translates to our world at DCLI. The name on the front of the jersey is a heck of a lot more important than the name on the back. Nobody is greater than the team, and teamwork is an essential part of workplace success in any organization. “I am a member of the team, I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm

Collaboration and teamwork at DCLI, simply stated, is less about ME and more about WE. Collaboration is no longer just a strategy, it is the key to long-term success and competitiveness. Businesses like DCLI that realize this sooner rather than later will be the ones who win the game and succeed in this global and digital environment. Team members relying on one another builds trust, and teamwork establishes strong relationships with coworkers that will always overcome minor conflicts when they arise. Here at DCLI, we use teamwork to divide the task and multiply our successes. If we work together, we will win together.