Monday, June 04, 2012
Collaboration is like improv
I've learned a lot over the last year about collaboration and have come to this conclusion -- to successfully work with others on a project, you should follow the rules of improv:
NEVER SAY "NO": Say "yes, and. . ." when someone offers an idea. A positive response keeps the creative flow moving. It just makes sense. When you say, "no," people shut down, confidence falters, people go into survival mode and it's game over.
LISTEN: Don't just wait for your chance to talk. See where they're going and follow them.
TRUST: They want the project to succeed as much as you do. They are not trying to sabotage you.
BE SPECIFIC: Details help others to visualize your idea. Don't say "a man gets into a car" -- say "Raymond Lipton, Attorney at Law, slipped behind the wheel of his red Mustang."
FOCUS: Keep the big picture in mind and everything else will fall into place.
HAVE FUN! Communicating with others and sharing ideas is an exhilarating experience. Enjoy the journey.