Collaboration: A lost Art?

Ah, the power of networking…An acquaintance of mine is currently engaged in a job search project. As she goes about her search for a sales position, she also works diligently to build partnerships with fellow job seekers. As her network of contacts grows so too do her chances of connecting with an opportunity perfectly suited for her skills and abilities.

In my younger dating years I remember being told that the best “blind dates” were set up by mutual friends who truly knew the personalities of the two individuals they were connecting. Well, I can’t say for sure whether mutual friend blind dates always work, but I am pretty sure that building a career network of folks who know your strengths contributes to solid professional opportunities.

Whether you’re looking for a new personal or professional partnership, here are a few suggestions for how you might wish to foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust with fellow seekers:

  • Conduct a collaboration audit (a listing of what skills you each bring to the table)
  • Be the first to trust (freely extend a hand of assistance while asking for what you need)
  • Ask questions-listen-and take advice
  • Always say “we”
  • Create collaboration groups
  • Focus on gains-not losses
  • Make a list of alternative currencies (what might you each have to barter with)
  • Create a lot of human moments (take the time to grow true relationships)
  • Build places and opportunities for informal interactions (think outside the box when it comes time to plan meetings, etc.)
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