Collaboration is important not just because it’s a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy.
~ Don Tapscott ~
When we look at successful people, we often attribute their success to their own determination, talent or hard-work. While this may be true in some cases, I believe that those “lone-wolves” may be more of an anomaly. Very few people achieve success completely on their own. What often ends up happening is the visionary becomes the face of the product, company or innovation. What we don’t see, however, are the people behind the scenes whose contributions allowed the visionary leader to be propelled into the limelight.
- Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs
- Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson
- Pierre Wertheimer and Coco Chanel
Chances are, most people know only one of the names of those famous pairings. Steve Jobs is the face of Apple. Michael Jackson is the King of Pop and Coco Chanel is the muse for Chanel No. 5 and fashions that transcend time. Yet, without their partners, they may never have become who they were. Wozniak developed the 1977 Apple Computer. Quincy Jones produced Michael Jackson’s Thriller album and Pierre Wertheimer provided the capital for the design house.
Collaboration is necessary for anyone who is serious about success. Among its benefits –
- Greater output and variety of ideas generated
- Pooling of resources
- Higher accountability to accomplish task or project
- Faster solutions are achieved
This list certainly is not exhaustive and you may have experienced some amazing benefits for yourself. If you haven’t partnered or collaborated in the past, now is the time to reach out to a potential partner. You and your partner might just change the world.