CHAPTER 8WHEN AND WHERE …WHEN DO YOU NEED A COLLABORATOR AND WHERE DO YOU FIND ONE?

A little help at the right time is better than a lot of help at the wrong time. —Anonymous

SINCE COLLABORATIVE efforts require time and the addition of at least one person to the team, they aren’t practical for most challenges. But which ones are worth the extra effort?

• WHEN DO YOU NEED A COLLABORATOR? •

One way to decide is to classify the problem into one of three categories: Big Ps, Little Ps, and Exploratories.

Big Ps

Big Ps are Big Picture Problems. They are complex, multi-dimensional, systemic or strategic challenges that affect many functions or actions. Examples include corporate or business group strategy, full product manufacturing processes, complex ...

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