New Year, New resolution, New you, New Collaboration.
There is strength in collaboration and 2017 is going to be the year of Collaboration.
Here are 3 reasons why collaboration is essential for your business/work.
1/ Nothing has ever been invented by one person alone.
Every successful man or woman have other people, family friends, colleagues, spouses, business partners in their lives to support them. Being independent does not mean doing everything by yourself. If credit might be given to one person, it actually appears that it is often the work of several other over a period time, like this controversial article on Edison.
I used to be a teacher and I went dutifully to my school/college/ special needs school- yes I have worked in a lot of places- and followed the rhythm of terms and events during the term ranging from Harvest to Christmas to Easter and so on.
Whilst working at Harlow college in early 2000’s, I often went to see the secretaries for help on a range of tasks: printing, editing, sorting or for promoting a play, an art’s evening including administrative tasks I needed to do but was not quite sure how to do myself. I was eternally grateful but it was normal to me. My job was to teach, theirs was to support my work.
2/If you do everything yourself, overwhelm is likely to follow.
When I officially left a few years ago to set up my own business, after the euphoria of creating my own “baby”, I realised that all what I had taken for granted meant that now if I wanted something done, I needed to act and, most of the time do whatever needed to be done myself!
Being proud, independent and an emancipated woman, it took me a long time and still sometimes-ah ah, how asking for help when you have brought as a french girl in the legacy of May 68 does to you- to understand that I could not do it on my own.
This business of mine was not going to fully happen without help. Armed with more wisdom and having done the donkey’s work- can we consider a book to be the foundation of the work ? I decided that I needed some help. I reached out and magic started to happen.
3/ What happens if you are ill? Have you thought about that one?
A spell of illness in 2016 comforted my need for help. What happens when you are ill and run your own business. Not much I can tell you! You also lose momentum and energy about a bout of sickness and you may lose clients whilst being ill.
4/ We are not equipped or skilled at everything, let’s acknowledge it instead of going in denial and pretending to be good at everything. Let’s be resourceful instead!
Help with putting in place a more serious marketing strategy: who says marketing is fun? It is if you like it. My idea of fun is to be in front of a group helping them to overcome their fears and allowing them to realise their own grandness.That is my idea of fun, the rest is a bit irrelevant but I can not talk to myself for ever. Watch this space for a new brand website from Paul Alexander in Billericay IT with all my new courses from March onwards…
Queen of collaboration- check my current collaborative projects here, and loving the buzz it gives me! Now it is your turn.
What is collaboration for you? Can we realistically achieve anything on our own? Why is collaboration so important when you run your business or when you want to run a work project? If you have a blog on collaboration and would like to present it to me, I would like to invite you as a guest blogger!
Helene is a dreamer, a poet, a trainer, a coach, a mother, a daughter. She is passionate about helping others to find their voices through her training. Get in touch with her helenemusso.com. If you want to book a discovery call with her, please get in touch on 07875627485. If you want to buy her book, click here.