You may not even “get anything” for it.
But you may carry an important piece to someone else’s puzzle.
WeWork has locations in nearly twenty United States cities and more than ten nations. Its mission promises, “To create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living.” They provide different options for people to rent workspace while at the same time having the opportunity to mix, mingle, and share ideas with other professionals. They proclaim, “Community is our catalyst.”
WeLive, a site offering a new way to think of one’s residence, simply states, “We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with.”
If you have read or listened to Tony Hsieh of Zappos, you have heard him speak of the power of “collisionability.”
My new book (released later this month) focuses on the need for purposeful collaboration within the workplace. We grow with input, feedback, and support. The combination to the lock–where does it lie?
A Forbes piece offers that
“Collaboration isn’t about being best friends,
or even necessarily liking
everyone you’re working with.
It is about putting all and any baggage aside,
bringing your best self to the table, and focusing on the common goal.”
I think that at times we miss a vital collaboration consideration. Whether we call it collaboration, collisionability, or teamwork, each person needs what the other people bring to the table. Even the newest member of a department has something to share, something to offer, that will help.
For me, Rabbi Kushner said it best. We all “carry at least one piece to someone else’s puzzle.”
When your world seems a little out-of-balance or off-center, where can you find that piece that can move you foward?
Often we think of a “puzzle” as being perplexing; maybe even defeating. And it can be if we never find that one piece that helps us solve the problem or meet the challenge.
As you embark on your new year and your goals for this year, think about how your goals and expertise can help someone else. Not in a manipulative manner. And you may not even “get anything” for it. But you may carry an important piece to someone else’s puzzle.
Video recommendation for the week:
Your idea or support—your piece of the puzzle—can help create meaningful collaborations. This week’s recommendation reminds us of this power within.
Make it an inspiring week, a wonderfully worthwhile new year, and H.T.R.B. as needed.
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