Dan Wilson just wrote one of the most insightful blogs on what it takes to successfully collaborate with someone (Regarding Ground Rules For Collaboration). As a singer/songwriter and major collaborator in writing music (he has co-written songs with Adele including “Someone Like You” (number 1 in Britain for 6 weeks), Josh Grobin, Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks (for which he won a Grammy) Dan probably knows a thing or two about collaboration.
It is evident in this article.
He wrote this with creative people in mind (artists, writers, etc.) but it applies to all of us – in business, social, charity, government, etc…
Some of my favorite highlights:
- “Audition every idea.”
- “Don’t worry whether it’s been done before … Originality will take care of itself.”
- “Three very powerful words in a collaboration: “How about this?” Four words to use after them: “Or, how about this?”
- “‘No’ is a last resort”