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It's easy to get into the habit of doing our work by ourselves. Then we have control of the outcome. Collaborating often feels like work onto of the work. But the possibilities that go untapped when we work alone are potentially innumerable Working with others opens doors to those possibilities.
"Learning is enhanced when it is more like a team effort than a solo race.
Good learning, like good work, is collaborative and social, not competitive and isolated. Working with others often increases involvement in learning. Sharing one's ideas and responding to others improves thinking and deepens understanding." (Chickering & Gamson - 1997)
Collaboration begets collaboration.
Like gravity, collaboration is a pervasive force. It lies at the heart of what uniquely shapes teams and organizations. It connects people to the vast power of their own knowledge and shines a light on the purpose of their work and lives. Collaboration holds the power to link teams with diverse skills and traits, urging them to come together in an aligned way and yielding breakthroughs that can impact hundreds—even millions—of people. Taken from: Sarah Miller Caldicott, Midnight Lunch
Collaboration isn't only about us, but giving to the people we collaborate with.
When someone is able to build upon the idea of someone else, it proves that your exercise is actually inspiring new ways of thinking.
Taken from: Exploiting Chaos by Jeremy Gutsche
If you're doing Great Work alone, you're not doing Great Work. Great Work needs the emotional, intellectual and technical support of others.
Taken from: Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters. by Michael Bungay Stanier
Benefit from the insight of others.
If a piece of art in the marketplace is working to change things and you don't know why, ask a colleague to explain it to you. If people are listening to or watching or buying something and you don't get it, inquire as to why. If a blog post or a novel or a strategy makes no sense to you, ask someone who knows.
Learn to see through their eyes. Taken from: The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
It's a knee-jerk reaction for most people to see something they don't understand and push it aside. Or maybe be dismissive of those who 'get it.' To suspend judgment, and ask openly for another person to explain its popularity or effect requires a habit of inquiry rather than judgment.