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Inner Development Goals: Collaborating
#WCIW Post for 19 April 2022
Welcome to today’s post on the Inner Development Goal category of ‘Collaborating – Social Skills’.
The IDG website has this to say:
“To make progress on shared concerns, we need to develop our ability to include… and communicate with stakeholders with different values, skills and competencies.”
My response and a creative prompt:
It’s working with “different vales, skills and competencies” that is the trick here. It’s easy to communicate with people who are similar to us, but not so easy to connect with those who are different.
But this is also an opportunity as well as a challenge, as working with different people offers us the chance to learn, adapt, expand, and reimagine. Collectively, we can transcend the sum of individual parts and reach potential that didn’t exist outside of collaboration.
So, for today’s creative prompt I’m going to zero in on the value of working with those who are different. And to do that I’m going to share a gif I snitched off Twitter:
As the gif says: “People who show you new music are different.”
So, ask yourself:
Who expanded your horizons? When? How?
Were you ready for them? Was their appearance in your life a shock to your system or a breath of fresh air? Why?
Do you show others “new music”? Do you feel able to – why or why not?
A further resource:
A while ago I actually wrote a blog on working with those you don’t understand. Read it here.
More information on ‘Collaborating’:
According to the IDG website, the following qualities and skills are key:
“Communication skills – Ability to really listen to others, to foster genuine dialogue, to advocate own views skilfully, to manage conflicts constructively and to adapt communication to diverse groups.
Co-creation skills – Skills and motivation to build, develop and facilitate collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, characterised by psychological safety and genuine co-creation
Inclusive mindset and intercultural competence – Willingness and competence to embrace diversity…
Trust – Ability to show trust and to create and maintain trusting relationships
Mobilisation skills – Skills in inspiring and mobilising others to engage in shared purposes.”
Thank you for reading.
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If you want to find out more about the IDGs, then check out the website here.
The IDG Summit is on the 29 April 2022. Information and bookings here.
If you have enjoyed this article, why not come to my free workshop to explore them further. It will be held on the 27 April 2022. Information and bookings here.