The Art of Collaboration

Successful collaboration is a creative process that involves articulating our common and individual interests, engages everyone in the appreciative consideration of information and observations that might relate or contribute to our interests to create a context for discussion, encourages the identification, consideration and improvement of ideas that might work in our interests, and seeks agreement on ideas we believe will work to determine what we do and how we do it to turn those ideas into enterprise.

Collaboration involves conversations around interests. Collaborative conversations contribute to the interests of the conversation. Collaborative conversations encourage personal leadership in moving ideas forward or offering ideas that work better. Collaborative conversations engage in the exploration of observations, opinions and ideas. Collaborative conversations seek creative ways to solve problems and overcome barriers.

Collaborative enterprise involves engaging everyone in the enterprise in collaborative conversations around ideas and decisions related to what to do and how to do it and in the ongoing observation of how well we are doing what we decided and how well is it working to move us forward in the pursuit of our interests.

Successful collaboration requires an attentiveness to our emotional and perceptual barriers and learned behaviors and an ongoing collaboration to continuously learn how we can collaborate better

Collaboration is a creative art to be learned. Operating beyond integrity makes collaborative creative enterprise possible.