If we choose to work together, we win; if not, we lose, eventually...by Kuanita Murphy on 03/20/12
Life presents challenges but how one approaches them defines his attitude. Isolation is not the answer to avoid one's share of problems and is virtually impossible, for all are connected. A primary challenge for leaders in communities is the ardent task of getting everyone on the same page. Scharmer (2009) referred to this concept as "seeing togther," in his book entitled, Theory U: Leading from the future as it emerges.
The Theory U concept is one movement with five processes: intent, change, inspiration, common-will, and innovation. In essence, Theory U is an apporach to problem solving that involves learning, leadership, innovation, and transformation. The theory embodies the concept that change can only occur in the human heart of one who has an open mind and will.
No problem can be solved with the same level of consciousness that created it (Albert Einstein). Seeing together involves dialogue among stakeholders. Dialogue is not the traditional "downloading" in which listening is merely a perceived act, but rather understanding in earnest what is said and valuing the perspective of others (Scharmer, 2009).
Collaboration is a process that nutures the concept of Scharmer's Theory U-seeing together. The process of collaboration exchanges I and me, for we and us. Collectively working towards a common goal, however, requires two fundamental components-relationship and committment.
Relationships are indensable but invididual committment even more so is required. Collaboration cannot be achieved in an environment which there is a lack of committment to share resources, to participate, to support, to cooperate, to hear, to listen, to understand, and sometimes, to compromise. Great efforts have been accomplished within the boundaries called community. Yet, imagine the affect, if those same efforts were truly collective?
No man is an island to himself. Each holds a small thread within life's tapestry. In community, there is no I, but we; thus ultimately, our actions determine the future course. Fast forward the hands of time 20, 30, or 50 years into the future, what story will unfold? Will it foretell a storyo of how a community united to achieve great things or the contrary?
The splendor of collaboration is sharing the work, the responsibilities, and the ups and downs. If we choose to work together, we win; if not, we lose, eventually. The sentiment is not shame on you, if the latter is chosen, but shame on us.
\Quote for the week: It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who care who gets the credit.~Harry S. Truman