In school, counselors in training are taught to guard the confidentiality of their clients. Because of this, I had always pictured working as a therapist as somewhat isolated. Imagine my surprise when, shortly after graduating, I found myself swept-up in a highly collaborative process. Each week I have the privilege of connecting with teachers, medical doctors, social workers, other therapists, and members of the treatment team.
Our world is rapidly changing and collaboration has become the norm. Instructors are in the same boat. Currently, I am teaching a course with three other professionals. There is the teacher who designed the course, an instructor responsible for giving the lectures, and myself–the professor overseeing the on-line activity.
Writing is equally as collaborative. This week, my friend Erik has been coaching me on how to automate my blog posts through e-mail. I’m also teaming up with an online acquaintance to begin a mastermind group, and a third friend and I are brainstorming creative strategies for increasing the reach of our message. Truly, collaboration is everywhere.
As you can imagine, I have been learning a lot about the importance of partnering with others. Here are five strategies that have helped me grow in the collaborative process.