How to create, nurture, and appreciate connection and collaboration at work
I feel privileged to be part of an online global community of professionals and entrepreneurs, that provides support, shares achievements, and exchanges ideas around our businesses.
From one of our many discussions emerged our biggest collaboration so far: Our book Enough. Unlock a life of abundance starting right where you are
The amazing and wonderful part is how we all collaborated so well. If it was supporting and helping each other with each of our chapters or the developments around how to best create the front or write the back cover of the book. Every improvement, suggestion, and correction was built on the previous improvements.
We created teamwork between sixteen contributors around the globe, being in constant exchange to put all the pieces together.
We all loved, felt, and enjoyed the collective effort, appreciating everyone’s experience, knowledge, and input.
We all could feel the energy within the team.
Yes, we are in 2021, and people and companies work in teams across the world. Using the latest technology, schedules, tasks, structures, and processes to hit the target. Nothing unusual.
Unusual for us was that we come together voluntarily for a common idea. From idea to the finished product, to write and publish a book, it took us five months and we expected only the best of us.
There are more elements than technology and company targets that made our collaborative project go fast, fun, and fantastic:
Respect and appreciation
Respecting each member of the team, their individual contributions, insights, on and feedback as well as appreciating the knowledge and perspectives everyone provided.
All the contributors committed to the one idea: to create a book with which we like to inspire the reader to pursue a purposeful life doing work that matters to him and her and makes a difference to others.
Spirit of true collaboration
Mark, one of the founders of the global business platform (the Right Company) from which this book adventure group emerged said: “What gave me goosebumps, was the joy and energy of the authors, talking about the writing process, their hopes for the book and their launch and promotion strategy. There was so much power in their voices. Positive power. We-did-this-together power. Together-we-know-a-lot power.”
Honesty and Humility
If things don’t fit, take a wrong turn, might not make sense, we say it with honesty and respect. That helped to move our book project forward, efficiently and smoothly. We didn’t know everything about what we are doing. But instead of procrastinating our idea in the name of perfectionism and we-know-it-all, we dived in with humility and passion.
Do you feel the joy and energy within your task force?
Our book is a collection of stories, lessons, and achievements to inspire, encourage and open up your mind to the abundance of possibilities how you can transform your work and life.
That’s what collaboration on this work and our shared stories did for us – it inspired and opened up our minds to the abundance of possibilities and new insights how we can transform our work and life by being more connected.