Thoughts on Collaboration

As of this week, my first book will be heading to the press, and should be available in mid-July 2009. The book is titled “Masterminds Unleashed: Selling for Geniuses”. The first part of the title pays homage to the group that has written the book, a mastermind group.

There are 8 authors represented, each having written a chapter. I have had the honor to be the compiler and chief editor for the book. Collaborating with a group of people from all over the country has taught me a couple of very important lessons, and I would like to share some of them with you.
1. I work for and by myself. I enjoy making, living and dying by my own decisions, but sometimes I do miss the camaraderie that working with a team brings. Working with this gifted and talented group on a very focused project that began as a dream in 2008 that is becoming real has been one of the great pleasures of this last year.
2. This group of people is part of a mastermind group. If you don’t know what a mastermind group is, it was described in Napoleon Hill’s 1938 book, “Think and Grow Rich”. The mastermind is a group of people with one goal…that is to help each other make better decisions about our businesses.
This particular mastermind group has been meeting for the better part of 4 years. We meet once a month by phone on a conference call, and share what is going on with our businesses, and sometimes with our lives. I have grown to trust, admire and love the group of people I am associated with.
The surprise for me about working on this project is how much I have enjoyed the collaborative nature of working on a project. Seeing it come to a successful conclusion is even more fun.
3. In my practice, I talk about the need for clear expectations, clear communication of those expectations and a clear picture of the outcome of the project. What was really amazing is that we actually lived those principles! When we decided to do the project, we had a very clear objective–a picture of what we wanted the book to look like. During the initial negotiation stages, we were all very clear about the expectations we had of each other, and we all agreed on what the expectations were. We found many ways to communicate, and kept each other up to date on a regular basis on the project.
In short, it was amazing how we lived what we preach…and how well it worked!
4. There is no end to the power of a like minded group of individuals working together to accomplish a common goal.
The final product will be for sale on each of our websites in the coming days. Watch for it. If you sell for a living, or if your business depends on revenues, this book will be for you.
Chip Scholz is Head Coach of Scholz and Associates. He is an executive coach, facilitator, speaker and author, working in the fields of sales, leadership, collaboration and communication. His clients are clear about what’s important to them, focused on correct outcomes, attentive to new opportunities and intentionally creating their future. Give Chip a call at 704-827-4474 to find out more.
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