Collaboration isn’t complicated.
You don’t need to wait until you attain enlightenment or become the person you’ve always dreamed of being. You can collaborate with everyone, every time if you keep in mind these 5 laws:
1. Letting go isn’t failure.
2. Influence isn’t persuasion.
3. Listening and understanding (paraphrasing) isn’t agreeing.
4. Exploring options isn’t committing
5. Collaboration isn’t consensus.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be fleshing out these laws and describing the practices that bring them to life. For this week, I’m asking you to think about these. If you are a Collaboration Genius subscriber, we’ll be talking about these on our monthly call. If you have a moment, I’d appreciate your thoughts about these 5 laws. My aim is to take the deluge of tips and tricks and skills and show that there is an elegant, simple, and unifying way to work easily, creatively and happily with other people, no matter their rank.
I’m working on another list of the 5 skills that act like a collaboration passport: With only these 5 skills, you can cross any interpersonal border. We’ll be working on those skills in upcoming editions of Collaboration Genius and on our future monthly calls.