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A Taste of Collaboration Tips to Support and Inspire You
In this issue:
One Thing Leads to Another
An Invitation from Paula and Delia
Collaboration Soup Upcoming Events
One Thing Leads To Another
Have you ever been in a conversation or project that you think:
Is going in a certain direction and suddenly changes course?
Seems to be going nowhere?
Goes off on a tangent?
Takes too long?
Has multiple agendas being discussed at the same time?
We know there are different ways to address these challenges. In future newsletters we will cover this topic from different perspectives.
We use the phrase One Thing Leads to Another often and it makes us smile. It reminds us it's about the journey as well as the destination.
Here's a story from Paula: Driving on the back roads of France with my husband, we stopped briefly to take pictures of the idyllic France countryside. A moment later a man stopped and indicated if we were interested in taking photos we should follow him because he knew of some beautiful vistas on private land. Minutes later we were driving on roads not on our map. We unexpectedly spent a wonderful afternoon with him and his wife at his family's 400 year old olive and wine estate taking photos, learning about their family history and the region. Our willingness to take this detour made it one of the best days of our vacation. If we had stuck to our plan we would not have experienced that adventure and the difference between being a tourist and a local.
Successful collaboration is a lot like traveling. It's important to be prepared, do your background work, set up a firm foundation, and then let the journey take its course.
Have a plan and plan for surprises. Great ideas can occur unexpectedly.
Be patient and slow down. If the group moves too fast, you might miss an important contribution.
Keep going--don't stop. Just around the bend might be what the group has been searching for.
Have the courage to speak up, especially when it seems different or contrary to the general flow. You may have the missing piece that will move the group forward.
Be willing to feel confused. New solutions often emerge when we are uncertain of what's next.
Trust the group's collective intelligence. There can be many possible outcomes that will accomplish the shared purpose.
We are reminded that what seems like a delay or a detour is an adventure waiting to happen. Remembering this can help replace frustration or impatience with confidence that a beneficial outcome can occur.
Welcome to the second "A Taste of
Collaboration" -- occasional, short and free tips to support and inspire
you in pursuing your goals and collaborative plans.
Since the release of our book COLLABORATION SOUP we have shared our RECIPE with people working together to make great things happen. Many have expressed a hunger for more.
Will you help us build a community of people sharing tidbits -- ideas, stories, resources for effective collaboration? This will be an evolving co-creative project, and we invite you to be part of it. You can:
Join a Collaboration Soup Coaching & Support Group in San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara. Bring your ideas or collaborative projects for specific coaching on applying the Collaboration Soup RECIPE and more. Delia at (805) 215-3717.