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Collaboration is Messy

Sep 29, 2023 | Conscious Communication, Daily Trek

Collaboration is Messy - Radical Trekking - Ayelet Baron

Collaboration is Messy

What if collaboration is messy? Can we bring our unique perspectives and ideas to the table? Maybe it’s like mixing various ingredients in a blender; sometimes we don’t know what we’ll get. And we love to experiment even when it doesn’t taste like what we expected.

Can we forget the norm? Forget the status quo. When we choose to experience real change, we venture into new landscapes.

We often hold back in the name of “efficiency” or “best practices.” But true creativity asks us to wander, to venture into the unknown. Think of it like exploring a new hiking trail. You might get lost or find obstacles, but that’s part of the thrill.

Instead of fearing mistakes or wasted time, what if we welcome unchartered territories? Picture a child playing in a sandbox. The sand flies everywhere, but that’s how castles get built. When do we choose to embrace friction, emotions, and last-minute changes?

We live in an instant-gratification and fast-food world. But real creation is like making a gourmet meal; it takes time, patience, and a lot of trial and error. It’s not a quick microwave dinner; it’s a slow-cooked masterpiece.

Being Real Cuts Through the Fluff

Healthy collaboration—whether at work or home—isn’t a straight path; it’s a maze. It’s about asking questions, listening, and being honest.

Being real cuts through the fluff. No masks, no acting. Imagine a band jamming out in a garage. Each musician adds their own flavor. They hit wrong notes; they argue over the tempo. Yet in the end, something new and magical comes out of it.

Times are changing. The ability to defy norms and take risks is the new currency. Consider graffiti artists. They don’t follow the lines; they create their own canvas. This is the essence of creation; it’s messy.

We’re being called to step into the playground of ideas with a sense of curiosity and honesty. Because when we let go of trying to control the process with outdated beliefs, that’s when the beautiful messiness emerges.

What if coloring outside the lines is a skill to develop in these times of transition?

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