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Lately, I fall asleep suddenly reading about collaboration. Please stop making collaboration sound like it’s some sort of painful medical procedure!  It is not a clinical process.  We won’t get excited about collaborating by talking about it like it was dental exam.

Better to pretend to be a carnivorous wolf and salivate, really sloppy salivating, like a dog mesmerized by a bone held in front of it. Get physically excited at the thought of working with others collaboratively. Submit yourselves to a trance-like collaborative experience of divine inspiration. Better yet, induce hallucinations of angelic beings collaborating with you:  showing you how to care, to cooperate seamlessly, to be generous and to compete with and FOR your colleagues like it’s the World Cup Finals everyday!

Maybe we should use a different word: like orgy or crusade or rally? Ok, maybe not.

Anything, please anything, but the stale, old PC manual dribble that passes for content on collaboration. It’s enough to make me want to retreat into my paradise on the beach and forget about playing nice – forever!  If I read one more uninspired bureaucratic sounding call for collaboration, I’m going to burn down your online villages of boredom with uncontrollable passion; I will ransack your blogs with comments of love and desire; I will infect your followers with an unquenchable thirst for trust, team work and carry them all back to my village like a savage berserker Viking on ecstasy!!

Are we clear? You have been warned!

If I overstated the matter, try Seth Godin’s more placid expression:

When you love the work you do and the people you do it with, you matter.
When you are so gracious and generous and aware that you think of other people before yourself, you matter.
When you leave the world a better place than you found it, you matter.
When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.
When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.
When you touch the people in your life through your actions (and your words), you matter.
When kids grow up wanting to be you, you matter.
When you see the world as it is, but insist on making it more like it could be, you matter.
When you inspire a Nobel prize winner or a slum dweller, you matter.
When the room brightens when you walk in, you matter.

And when the legacy you leave behind lasts for hours, days or a lifetime, you matter.


YOU MATTER – we all matter. Now let’s get back to work!!


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