“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
One person is able to accomplish a lot, to be sure. But add another person and the accomplishment isn’t just doubled. Something magical happens and the result increases exponentially. Add a third person and the increase is even greater. It’s like that old math problem: Which would you rather take, a million dollars on the first of a 30-day month or a penny doubled every day for those 30 days?
Do you know that if you take the penny doubled that by the end of the month you’d have received over 10 million dollars, and over 5 million dollars on the last day alone? I see this as a metaphor for the power of collaboration.
Here’s another example. Filmmaker Mark Johnson traveled the world to record musicians all singing the same song. He combined the audio and video tracks to finish with an incredibly moving demonstration of the power of collaboration. Go take a look.
Here’s one more site for you to consider. Habit #4 of Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is “Think Win-Win.” It has to do with both collaboration and what Covey calls an “abundance mentality,” believing that there is enough for everybody.
Enjoy your partnerships!