Instead of some financial statements I was going to look at, I got sucked into one of those Wikipedia wormholes when an artist from ‘home’ came on the radio. It is Saturday morning, after all, so distraction is the agenda.
I ended up at Dan Wilson’s (Semisonic) blog. He wrote a post about musical collaboration and a few of the points were things I should do more of in business and in general.
Find the good in it I don’t like this idea; why does the other person like this idea? Where is this idea coming from? If it isn’t the best expression, it still might come from an important impulse. Maybe your collaborator is onto something great and you haven’t yet seen it.
I’ve been working on this point for the better part of a year. I have a bad habit of evaluating quickly and moving on. My angle of improvement is to get the other person/people to talk more and get them to re-frame their idea. Or, help them to re-frame their idea. Teachers are really good at this - (err, ‘good’ teachers do this well?) because they believe good ideas are rattling around in the heads of students. The teams I interact with and my own social group spans the globe: a point of view and additional background information is the interesting part of the whole conversation! I’m also compelled to believe that good ideas are there - and what a waste it is to lose them.
“Aber heute weiß ich nicht mehr, was ich eigentlich will und wünsche. Früher war alles einfach, so einfach wie die Buchstaben in einem Lesebuch. Jetzt ist nichts mehr einfach, nicht einmal mehr die Buchstaben. Alles hat viele Bedeutungen und Gesichter bekommen. Ich weiß nicht, was aus mir werden soll, ich kann jetzt nicht an solche Sachen denken.”—