Sweeten Your Success Through Collaboration | Podcast Episode 06

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Collaboration is a powerful way to accelerate results – as well as access innovative trends and solutions in the marketplace. I’ve just returned from facilitating a leadership retreat for the Women Speakers Association which is a collaborative workforce — and boy were there some amazing insights for this episode! Collaboration is when one or more people come together to contribute their expertise and talent to achieve a common goal. A collaborative work force can be paid or volunteer — and its a powerful approach for a start-up, association or non-profit to get off the ground quickly.

In episode 06 of Amplify Your Success, I also explore how a collaboration work force can be established as well as some of the common pitfalls of this type of team effort that you can avoid by being aware.

Key Takeaways:

[1:04] Melanie shares what collaboration is and how it works inside a small business, non-profit or association to accelerate results.

[3:40] Melanie explores how collaboration can elevate community and speed up results for non-profits and associations.

[4:50] Melanie believes that Collaboration is better than competition. For instance, “two heads are better than one – and seven minds can propel you even faster.” More effective problem solving happens as well as higher level innovation through collaborative mind sharing.

[6:00] A collaborative team often uses the power of friction, but if you don’t understand how this messy energy pays off, you may implode the team efforts.

[9:02] One of the challenges that can surface with a collaborative workforce is the “stray cat syndrome” when a leader is frustrated trying to herd independent professionals.

[15:05] A collaborative skill sharing environment can elevate your ability to serve your client. Example is shared, Contemporary VA.

[16:52] If you are a non-profit, association or are community-centric in your business, watch what Women Speakers Association is doing to grow quickly via a collaborative team.

[20:53] A pivot point for an entrepreneur can be entering into a collaborative partnership as it can open doors to new markets as well as overcome weak areas. An example of a powerful collaborative partnership, Leaders to Luminaries, is explored.

[23:00] In order to harness the power of collaboration, Melanie covers a few do’s and don’ts so you can avoid common pitfalls. Be sure to catch the tip on how to re-ignite the passion for a collaborative team member who is not following through on their role assignments.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Contemporary Virtual Assistant

Women Speaker’s Association

Leaders to Luminaries

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