I recently had lunch with a good friend and business colleague. During our time together we discussed goals we are working on and people we might want to call upon to help us.
He made a very interesting comment on how he approaches collaboration at this stage of his career. He mentioned that he finds himself thinking about goals the way he thinks when he is in heavy traffic or construction — how can I get around you rather than spend the energy of getting you to go with me in my direction. My friend mentioned that his preference is to collaborate and have people move in the same direction.
However, he instinctively and quickly knows when it’s time to simply “turn down a side street and leave those other cars in the rear-view mirror.” The analogy made me think of how most business owners and entrepreneurs may deal with obstacles in their way.
As always, we would love to hear from you. When it comes to situations when partners, employees, vendors, and the like, create some resistance, do you prefer to collaborate or simply avoid them in order to clear your own path towards achieving your goal?