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Sep 27, 2011

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." --Edith Wharton

Why Collaboration is Risky -- And Worthwhile

"Why is teamwork so difficult? Because collaboration is actually a pretty risky business. Perhaps, like me, you are generally of the mindset that two heads are better than one. But because your ideas frequently get co-opted, there's a risk-reward imbalance that makes you reluctant to engage. Or maybe you've reached out to a potential collaborator only to have your lack of expertise exploited. So, rather than ever again experiencing the one-two punch of ignorance and vulnerability, you'd prefer to soldier on alone. In both instances, the fundamental barrier to collaboration is a lack of trust. How do we lay the groundwork for trust so that when we need to collaborate we can quickly slip into a workable partnership? Based on my experience, here are a few suggestions." Whitney Johnson shares her insights.

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BE THE CHANGE
Take a "risk" -- collaborate on something that you usually handle alone, but that might just be better achieved with someone else.



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