By Ian Berry
In 2003 authors Kouzes and Posner said “Collaboration has become the master skill of this age. Our ability to work together will determine mutual failure or mutual success.”
How skilled are you?
Very few of our political leaders have the skill.
I find politics fascinating from the perspective of how not to be in the world. Almost everything the government says, the opposition fights and vice versa (how incredible that in the age of collaboration, we have to have an opposition!)
I listen to parliament in Australia occasionally and did so recently during debate about climate change. The most basic of actions required to have high value relationships of mutual reward were being ignored by these highly paid so called representatives of ours.
We live in three worlds; the world in here, the world out there, and the world we share. In here our views are just that, out there are other people’s views. In the world we share are the views we agree on. In any successful relationship the world we share is the critical one.
Human conflict is fundamentally the result of failure to agree on the goal or failure to agree on the strategies to achieve the goal. This second one was causing all the trouble for our parliamentarians. It seemed they all had the same goal; a more harmonious country, a more civil universe for all. But do you think they could agree on the strategies to achieve theses most noble of purposes? Not on your life. Every speaker I heard was only interested in the world in here.
I guarantee that today all of our troubles, personal, local and universal, are fundamentally based in our perceived need to hang onto the world in here, our issues with the world out there, and, our failure to focus more on the world we share.
In the free countries of planet earth we can express our personal views without fear. What makes life really worthwhile is when we can share our views (without ridiculing one another as these politicians did on this particular day) and come together with a shared view, which may mean we let go of things we previously held dear.
I trust that today and every day you will resolve to build more of the world we share and be less precious about the world in here or the world out there.
Ian Berry CSP FAIM is a writer and international business speaker on how doing good is great for business. He is the Founder of the Differencemakers Community and the CEO of Remacue® a project leader and partner for organisations wishing to increase the percentage of employees fully engaged in their work thereby guaranteeing productivity improvements.