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Who are the best collaborators to have on your team to participate in creative thinking?

You can know the best collaborators based on their actions. They:

  • Are individuals you can trust and depend upon to do what they say
  • Are fun, pleasant, and enjoyable to be around
  • Do their homework upfront
  • Are eager to work with others
  • Think big while realizing details matter
  • Readily generate new ideas
  • Inspire new ideas in others
  • Take-over or sit back, whichever one is needed (and they know when which one or the other is needed)
  • Cheer others on when the collaboration is faltering
  • Will readily challenge people when it will lead to a stronger outcome
  • View some things similarly and some differently than you
  • Are good at structuring and shaping your work
  • Are willing to volunteer and actually do work that needs to get done
  • Create more energy than they consume within the collaboration

What other characteristics would you add based on the best collaborators for creative thinking you have worked with in your career? – Mike Brown

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5 Responses to “Creative Thinking – Who are the best collaborators?”

  1. I like this frame of reference, Mike. I think it applies to good collaborative working relationships in general, too. Thanks for making me think, as usual. 🙂

  2. Erika Heald says:

    I would add that the best collaborators are those who get demonstrably energized by the exchange of ideas (versus that colleague who participates but complains about how busy they are and checks their email every 5 minutes)

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