What is the key to effective collaboration? Knowing that we need each other. Collaboration assumes a coming together. In this coming together differences arise, similarities are identified and if effective, we end up better than we started. A Japanese proverb states that none of us is as smart as all of us. That’s a great starting point for collaboration.
Archive for August, 2010
We’ve been hearing a lot about Steven Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job dramatically. Good choice, bad choice, dos and don’ts can be discussed, but what interests me is an undercurrent of the news reporting about people who are dissatisfied in their jobs.
There are reports that that Steven Slater is being approached to host a show in which unhappy workers quit their jobs in outlandish ways. I received a Facebook post from a friend who is a flight attendant addressing what it is like to be in their shoes and asking us to see the other side of Steven Slater’s experience.
I welcome this increased awareness and dialogue on fulfillment in your work, respect and dignity on the job and not letting things get so unbearable you lose it.
Periodically it is good to stop and take a look at the state of your life. Call it a rest stop. At your rest stop, you can observe how your life is going. Are your goals clear? Are you on track? Is your life balanced? What needs a course correction? What will you do going forward? Enjoy your rest stop – it will set the best course for the days ahead.
In 2008, I co – founded The High Desert Region Green Jobs Initiative with Linda K. Jones. The founder of Green for All, Van Jones was a large part of our inspiration. Van Jones went on to join and then leave the Obama administration. I waited for his return and that he did at the Netroots Nation conference in July. At the conference, he gave a keynote address and an interview. His message: Love Harder. In the face of conflict, sometimes we have to fight, but our focus should be on creating change and showing people there is a way through the conflict. He said we now are walking the road from hope to change; that change is harder than hope. He said DC will become more gridlocked and we must work in communities and love harder. It is a message of collaboration, positivity, focus, wisdom and hope on this path to creating meaningful change.