Research is necessary to become the person you want to be. When I was trying to figure out the schedule that would work for me, it took a lot of time and effort on my part to find it. After much trial and error, I reached out to fifty other entrepreneurs through email to see what worked for them. I found that where my schedule was out of whack, these individuals seemed to have it all figured out. I actually contribute much of my productivity levels to this process of research, and you can experience the same benefits in your area of research.
As we all strive to become better communicators, we must be clear and concise. I recently had a discussion with a gentleman where I was vague on my stance about an important matter, and I left him with more questions than answers. My words left him with the need to read between the lines so that he could try to understand what I was saying, which is never a good thing. He could have taken my half answers and twisted them to say whatever he wanted to hear that day (I’m glad he didn’t), but it still meant that I needed to articulate my stance in a better way.
The definition in itself is what makes collaboration so important. Can you imagine what it would be like to work in concert with others to push ideas forward; to test the boundaries, to find answers so good that you weren’t even looking for them? It would be glorious, right? But, how do we get there?
What collaboration is not is saying that you’re working with another person only to be separated while working until the end of a project. Many people want to say that they are collaborating, but don’t actually work alongside other people during the process. They turn in work at the finish line, never training for the marathon together.
What collaboration does look like is you cultivating ideas with others and bouncing different ideas off of each other along the way. The art of collaboration is found in the selection process, too. A perfect collaboration happens when one person needs their missing piece of the puzzle from another person to push their work forward.
So, does collaboration sound like something you would be interested in for your next project?
If so, here are the 7 questions you need to ask yourself as you design your collaboration experience: