4 Reasons Collaboration is Key

 

Disregarding collaboration is like intentionally tying an arm behind your back, or trying to solve a math problem using only even numbers. It’s absolutely unproductive.

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In our Western world we have become so obsessed with things to “do” that busyness has become a mantle of pride. Our lives are busy, our families are busy, and our careers/jobs are certainly busy.  Even our vacations are busy.

And in our worship of crazy hecticness we tend to cut the “less important” in lieu of the “urgent.” But often, in pairing down our list, we cut things of great value.

One of the items that gets thrown by the wayside is collaboration. That’s unfortunate. Cutting collaboration is like intentionally tying an arm behind your back, or trying to solve a math problem using only even numbers. It’s absolutely unproductive.

 

Collaboration Provides:

1) Creativity in problem solving. Working with others opens our minds to new ideas and thought processes. It fosters brainstorming and approaching issues from new perspectives. No longer are we trapped inside our own linear way of seeing the world.

2) Power. Economies of scale come into play when we collaborate. No longer are we solely reliant on our own abilities, skills, or expertise. We can now tap into the power of the group. 

3) Reduced stress. In the same way we pool our resources as a group, we also pool our bandwidth. One individual is no longer responsible for all the moving parts. Responsibilities are distributed among the team and although each part may be minor, together the task is accomplished. 

4) Fun relationships. Yes, new collaborative efforts can have a few bumps at the beginning; but energetic, intelligent, savvy women together create good things, inspire one another, and have a great time doing it.

 

Collaboration is key to success. Stop trying to be Superwoman. She is a myth. Find, and take, opportunities to collaborate with other like-minded individuals. We were never meant to live life, or succeed in our careers, alone. Together we accomplish so much more.

 
 
Stephanie Hester