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Finding Allies, Building Alliances: 8 Elements that Bring—and Keep—People Together by Rich McKeown, Mike Leavitt

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Collaborative Intelligence

Not everyone has a natural aptitude or appetite for collaborative problem solving. Though effective collaboration requires a skill that can be learned and improved, some people are naturally better at collaboration than others.

I learned this after finishing a major collaborative project, when I asked a former judge to capture the history and lessons learned from the project to assist others in similar ventures in the future. The judge demurred, saying he found collaborative writing projects frustrating and preferred to work on them when he had complete control. His candor was rare for two reasons. First, most ...

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