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Leading Across Boundaries: Creating Collaborative Agencies in a Networked World by Russell M. Linden

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5. The Collaborative Effort Has a Passionate Champion (or Champions)

The fifth collaboration factor is a champion for the initiative, someone with credibility and clout who is totally committed to the project and makes it a very high priority.
Of the several dozen collaboration projects I’ve studied, I can’t think of one that succeeded without a passionate champion. Champions often become obsessed with their project; they go to sleep worrying about it and get up each day totally focused on it. Of all the collaboration factors, this one may be the most important because a strong, committed champion is usually able to help the group put the other factors into place. Moreover, it often takes the persistence of a champion to overcome the inevitable ...

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