by Janet Riehl & Stephanie Farrow
Read a 2-part conversation between Janet and Stephanie as they reflect on 37 years of collaboration. These are the third and fourth posts in this blog-of-the-month series.
Collaboration: How to Make It Work
Some people do. Some people don’t. Collaborate. It can land you on your face or make your life and work more fun and productive. For our keynote post on collaboration we’ve identified eight tips to make it work.
This Telling Her Stories post dovetails with Riehlife's blog-of-the-month theme. In February my blog-magazine features two interviews by two pairs of seasoned collaborators.
You know the first pair, Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler, either from their columns here or from their richly resourceful Women's Memoirs site. On Telling Her Stories Kendra's column is "Getting Read," and Matilda's column is "Opening Salvos."
Kendra and Matilda identified five tips from their 30-year collaboration as business partners, authors, and friends. Their helpful interview runs in two parts on Riehlife. In Part 1 they tell how they met and began working together. In Part 2 they identify and discuss their five tips.
The second two-part interview features my collaborator Stephanie Farrow and myself as we reflect on our 37 years of working together designing workshops, writing, and laughing.
Looking over Kendra and Matilda’s five tips, Stephanie and I found we agreed with all of their points and added a few of our own. Here’s the list we came up with to make collaboration work.
#1 Choose a partner you know, like, and share interests and experience with.
#2 Build trust and truthfulness.
#3 Check your ego at the door. Honor the other person’s ideas and share the credit.
#4 Know your collaborator’s work ethic, sense of purpose, discipline, and desire for quality work.
#5 Know how to balance strengths and skills. Divide the work load accordingly.
#6 Know and honor Needs
#7 Deepen trust, truthfulness, and ways to resolve conflict.
Our next post in the collaboration series on Telling Her Stories focuses on trust. Our last post will further deepen the theme of collaboration.
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