Although we should never underestimate our own creative potential, we need to also consider the importance of collaboration in our work. Collaboration introduces fresh perspectives, helps overcome roadblocks and can ensure high-quality deliverables. Working with others can get us further than we can go alone. Want further proof? Ask Albert Einstein.
Many of us struggle to get a sense of getting stuff done when working with other people. Conversation is a messy business that can typically lead to a wilderness of tangents and false starts rather than a place where the real stuff happens. We do well to pay attention to what our colleagues are saying. And the more attention we pay, the more wealth of ideas and practical insights we might find.