Everyone knows women are better at collaboration than men, right?
Maybe. It's another one of those blanket statements that, once we peel back a few layers, is not as simplistic as it sounds.
Were you ever the little girl on the playground or in art class that shared some thoughts with a new friend, only to have them show up the next day at recess or art, basically with your idea? We all remember the confusion and discomfort of those early experiences of "betrayal".
Collaboration requires sharing. By default. And that means risk. That can feel scary, depending upon the context. It may mean we set aside a competitive reflex that is both a part of who we are, and that we may think has served us in the past. How useful a strong competitive streak is in this era of radical sharing and constant collaboration remains to be seen.
I haven’t done the research to back this up but I suspect it’s more of an issue for women over 45 or so, given the imprinting of our generation around hierarchy and achievement.
Contrast this with the millennials. They share radically and collaborate constantly. They practically ushered in the sharing generation. They accept that they don’t control every outcome, and don’t own every idea.
In this video I describe two experiences around reaching out to establish collaborative relationships, with very different outcomes. One was a great learning moment, the other is straight up fantastic news for the women in the DreamBiz Test Drive course! Enjoy!
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