Collaboration (quotes)


Collaboration is the act of working together


The power of collaboration


We = power

  • It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. Charles Darwin
  • We = power Lorii Myers
  • The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation. Jonathan Haidt
  • When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. Ethiopian Proverb
  • Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepanek
  • No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.  E. Luccock
  • Unity

Collaboration has the potential to create great synergy…

  • The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Synergism is the simultaneous actions of separate entities which together have greater total effect than the sum of their individual effects. Buchholz and Roth
  • Synergy: The combined effect on individuals in collaboration that exceeds the sum of their individual efforts. Stephen Covey
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… the ability create something greater together than you could both could alone

  • I view the whole thing as a collaboration. As an actor, I always found that to be the most freeing thing, when the director would collaborate with you, so that together you’d come up with something exponentially better. Tony Goldwyn
  • The ability and desire to transform the mundane materials at hand that we both bring into the collaboration is well beyond the sum total of the parts – to birth a new baby neither of us could claim single parentage of. Gary Lucas
  • The reward of a successful collaboration is a thing that cannot be produced by either of the parties working alone. It is akin to the benefits of sex with a partner, as opposed to masturbation. The latter is fun, but you show me anyone who has gotten a baby from playing with him or herself, and I’ll show you an ugly baby, with just a whole bunch of knuckles. Harlan Ellison

Collaboration can help you see and go further and achieve more

  • If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.  African proverb
  • People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them. Allan Fromme
  • Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller
  • If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton
  • There’s only one thing that all the successful companies in the world have in common: None was started by one person. Ernesto Sirolli
  • Achievement

Combining minds with others can lead to great creative power and new trains of thought

  • When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Theodore Zeldin
  • Creativity is not a solitary process. It happens within networks… when talented people get together, when idea systems and mentalities merge. David Brooks
  • Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. George Bernard Shaw
  • The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind. Thomas Carlyle
  • Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. Alexander Graham Bell
  • Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence. Mike Schmoker
  • Most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth. Sir Ken Robinson Ph.D.
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Collaboration can strengthen conviction and resolve

  • My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind has adopted it. Novalis
  • It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak, and another to hear. Henry David Thoreau

Yet more rewards that collaboration brings

  • Sharing is one of those solutions where you get multiple benefits. It brings people together and helps them save resources and money. It’s also an ideal solution for uncertain times. When you’re in league with others, you can prepare yourself and your community for any type of outcome.  Neal Gorenflo
  • But things can happen in a band, or any type of collaboration, that would not otherwise happen. Jim Coleman
  • I enjoy being given a certain amount of freedom in order to interpret or to come up with stuff, but I do enjoy collaboration. I seek and thrive on projects where I am going to learn from the people I’m working with. William Kempe
  • The key to delivering both operational excellence and innovation is having networks of informal collaboration.  Rob Cross
  • Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. ‘Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow. David Hume
  • By mutual confidence and mutual aid – great deeds are done, and great discoveries made. Homer
  • If we would just support each other — that’s ninety percent of the problem. Edward Gardner

How to collaborate


Requirements for collaboration

  • Collaboration, it turns out, is not a gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice. Douglas B. Reeves
  • Collaboration happens when the right players share a strong sweet spot of mutual interest, and agree on an apt collaboration method and rules of engagement. Kare Anderson
  • As always in a musical collaboration: One has to like each other. As simple as that. Klaus Schulze
  • If you want to have great partnerships, be a great partner. Get beyond yourself. Give up the notion that you are well-rounded, and stop expecting your colleagues to be universally proficient. Incorporate someone else’s motivations into your view of the accomplishment. Loosen up. Put aside your competitive nature, your prepackaged view of how the thing should be done, and your desire not to be inconvenienced with the imperfections of a fellow human being. Focus more on what you do for the partnership than what you get from it. Demonstrate trust and see if they don’t surprise you with their trustworthiness. Be slower to anger and quicker to forgive. And along the way, communicate continuously.  Rodd Wagner and Gale Muller
  • You cannot collaborate with another person toward some common end unless you know him. How can you know him, and he you, unless you have engaged in enough mutual disclosure of self to be able anticipate how he will react and what part he will play? Sidney Jourard
  • The one great thing about a continuing collaboration is that they know you. And if you’re really lucky, they really believe in you and think that your talent has some unending bounds to it. Mark Ruffalo
  • Joint undertakings stand a better chance when they benefit both sides. Euripides

Make use of technology for it is opening up wonderful new ways to collaborate

  • The network is opening up some amazing possibilities for us to reinvent content, reinvent collaboration. Tim O’Reilly
  • A radically different order of society based on open access, decentralized creativity, collaborative intelligence, and cheap and easy sharing is ascendant. David Bollier
  • Prior to the internet, the last technology that had any real effect on the way people sat down and talked together was the table. Clay Shirky
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Never be afraid to ask for help

  • Unlike in school, in life you don’t have to come up with all the right answers. You can ask the people around you for help — or even ask them to do the things you don’t do well. In other words, there is almost no reason not to succeed if you take the attitude of 1) total flexibility — good answers can come from anyone or anywhere (and in fact, as I have mentioned, there are far more good answers “out there” than there are in you) and 2) total accountability: regardless of where the good answers come from, it’s your job to find them. Ray Dalio
  • Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it.   Clement Stone
  • Ask for what you want

On a lighter note

  • I’d collaborate with my clones, because I’m a team player who wants all the credit. Jarod Kintz