When we speak of cooperating or collaborating, the majority of people, businesses, community organisations revel at the thought; so why is there such a gap between what we say we want and what we actually do ?
It is easy to cast aspersions, simple to blame, oppose, reject or avoid, yet reality remains consistent, the statistics demonstrate that cooperation occurs irregularly and where the desired outcomes, aka KPI's, do not reflect, then blame is quick.
Cooperation is sincerity. Sincerity has a desire from a measured benchmark to a measured result with constant communication and consideration aka 'inclusion'.
Why are there so many charities
Why do communities fail to work together
Why do businesses fail to support the staff they employed
Why do relationships fail to move forward
Is it that ‘threat mentality’ kicks in ? Perhaps
Is it that people are insignificant ? Not likely
Is it that working with another person means compromising and learning something new ? Probably
So what is so terrible about learning something new…?
Think of all the missed opportunities, the closed businesses because leveraging knowledge and experience was ignored, rejected or deflected
The reality is when we fall into the trap of the (assumed’) fear of not being good enough’ or ‘fear of being found out’, then we immediately fall behind, work harder not smarter, devalue opportunity and lose focus on purpose.
What is the purpose of a charity, business, community, relationship ? Surely it is to add value to people ?
Or is it to add attention to ones self ?