Skills of coordinating include the capacity to organise one’s own work and to link it with the overall workflow. Coordinating includes attending to several activities simultaneously, prioritising and switching priorities as necessary. It includes interweaving your work programme with the work streams of others. And it includes dealing with unexpected crises, obstacles or interruptions, then efficiently getting the work back on track, preventing further crises.
Spotlight identified three forms of coordination:
C1. Sequencing and combining your own activities – capacity to organise your work by prioritising, switching and refocusing attention, and combining and linking activities
C2. Interweaving activities collectively – capacity to follow up tasks, follow through on undertakings and interlink activities with those of colleagues
C3. Maintaining and/or restoring workflow – capacity to maintain, balance or restore workflow, deal with emergencies, overcome obstacles, or help put things back on track
Points to consider when analysing coordinating skills