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Collaborating with the Enemy by Adam Kahane

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4Unconventional, Stretch CollaborationIs Becoming Essential

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

—André Gide1

For most people, stretch collaboration is unfamiliar and uncomfortable.

STRETCHING CREATES FLEXIBILITY AND DISCOMFORT

John and Mary are dealing with their son Bob, who has again fallen behind on his mortgage payments. But this time they are trying to employ stretch instead of conventional collaboration.

The three of them feel a loving family connection, but they also admit that they are coming at this situation with different experiences and perspectives and needs. They talk openly and vehemently about these differences: John says that he feels angry and helpless in the face ...

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