Thoughts from Carole
One of the main themes of The Bumpy Road to Collaboration is exploring moments in which we lose our ability to connect/work with others, and become competitive/territorial. We switch from a world of possibility and abundance, to a world of scarcity and limitation.
Competition and territoriality are everywhere. They are defensive strategies of the Ego. If we can become aware of their presence, what triggers them, and the cost, I believe that we can strive towards successful collaboration and greater happiness.
Easier said than done! However, I’m inspired to see that The Bumpy Road to Collaboration – in its vulnerability, simplicity and humor – supports meaningful conversations about these delicate subjects. My friend and colleague Laura Gates from Learning as Leadership just facilitated a successful conflict resolution session with a challenged team. I give her full credit – she’s seasoned, bold and talented – and I’m thrilled that she used the book as a springboard to support her session, requiring all the team members to read it beforehand.
Try using the book yourself as a springboard to kick off constructive conversations, and if you have success stories about your colleagues, team or family members, share them with us!
PS: As a reminder, you can download the workbook for free on my website.