HBR notes that “Collaboration Is Risky”

This post, “Collaboration Is Risky. Now, Get on with It,” is part of the HBR Insight Center Making Collaboration Work.  The author, Whitney Johnson wrote:

Last week I arrived home from work to see my 8th grade son toiling away on a science fair project with his classmate Marc. As I observed their breezy back-and-forth, one at the computer, the other laying out the poster board, both fully engaged, no ego involved, I found myself taken back. In part, because as a parent, I’m always a little surprised when children do their homework without parental micro-management, but also because these two 8th graders made collaboration look like child’s play.

And yet that’s not always our experience in the office. Rather than the free-wheeling interchange of ideas and labor we anticipate — we’re grown-ups after all — working together is typically everything but easy.

Thanks to Laura for the link.

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