At the heart of collaboration—a favourite topic of mine—is community. For me, community can best be described as the group of people who you feel connected to. These are the people that you “belong” to; people who welcome you and celebrate you, for who you are; people who respect your thoughts, ideas, and perspectives—even if they are different than your own. This sense of belonging, being respected, and being included, are essential to our personal health and wellness—of how
Do you remember in school when teachers made us come up with group rules before starting a group project? It was an important lesson. Collaboration is a great tool to help us grow our businesses. Like all great tools, it’s important to pre-establish operational guidelines to ensure a common understanding and safe implementation. It is easy to forge ahead without thinking through and discussing the details of how the collaboration will work. However, experience has shown me th
Collaboration. It’s a term that many throw around as a means to achieving better results in business. Yet so few of us actually implement it in business. But in my home community of Maple Ridge, collaboration is what makes our community (and our community events) thrive! Collaborative examples in Maple Ridge include the Haney Farmers Market, the annual Earth Day Celebration, the HIVE Neighbourhood Centre in Eric Langton Elementary, Family Literacy Day…. the list could go on.