Collaboration in unexpected places

Collaboration keeps popping up in places I wouldn’t expect.

Church this morning for instance.

Two verses in the bible were referenced –
The first is written by Paul who was one of the leaders in the early Christian church. Paul was writing a letter to a group in the city of Corinth, and this passage comes from an explanation of how the flow of their gatherings should be. 1 Corinthians 14:26 – When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

Looks to me like collaboration being used in a distributed manner even in a new religion. We usually think of religion as hardened and frankly fear based. Personally I see a correlation in many businesses. They are fearful of allowing employees and customers to participate in a loose but meaningful way because of the sense of a lack of control. Well, collaboration seems to have played a part in the spread of the Christian church… Just drive down any street.

The second reference is from a book written by King Solomon who is widely considered to vie for the title of the wisest person to have ever lived.
He writes in Proverbs 15:22 –
Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.

This is collaboration in both planning and action. Have you ever been on a project that failed because the right people were not brought into the discussion during planning? I have and it is amazing how dumb I felt to have missed something that would have been obvious had I included all the necessary people.

On the action side – collaboration is critical to ironing out the bumps and surprises that come up. When issues aren’t surfaced and worked on by the team they become too much for one person to handle – and the timeline slips as a result. Have you ever seen a timeline slip because too much of the load was on one person? I have, and again it is frustrating to see a project suffer because of a lack of collaboration.

Bring in the experts – whether it is employees explaining their workflow or consultants explaining the technology.
Keep communication and collaboration open and frequent – ensure timelines and budgets are met.

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