What is failure? Is it the inability to do something? Is it doing something the wrong way? Or is it both? Or is it something completely different?
What if some of our so called “failures” occur in part because our desire for collaboration is greater than our desire to sucumb to the present organizational structure of our work and the world which we inhabit?
What if some of our “failures” are merely “nonperformances” orchestrated by our subconscious in an attempt to overthrow the tyranny of the “Success=Independence” equation?
What if we need collaboration with members of our tribe to be successful and we are just not finding it? This week I watched a TED talk called ” Brilliant Together ” shared by Tracy Vetting Wolf which led me in part to the above series of questions.
Seth Godin‘s elaboration on our need to find our own unique tribes in Tribes has proven useful to me in thinking about failure and its relationship to collaboration. In addition, he also has a great TED talk called the “The Tribes We Lead” about leading and connecting people and their ideas. One of his key idea is that we should identify something we want to change in the world and then step up to the leadership of setting out to change it by assembling tribes that spread the idea. Subsequently, it becomes far bigger than ourselves; it becomes a movement. Some people may call it heresy. Others call it Tribal Innovation!
I put together this Tapestry which highlights a few of the key points of Seth Godin’s talk (the idea to use this digital tool was originally shared me by Cathleen Nardi) :
This week, in CICMOOC, many are posting their project proposals, while others are posting their best and worst collaborations. Reading about some of these projects is inspiring. However, reading about some of the best and worst collaborations has made me wonder if there is a recipe for success or disaster. I can’t help but notice that some of the worst collaborations involve power grabbing, unspoken tensions or feelings, and lack of positive group dynamics while the best of course involve the opposite. I am grateful for all of these posts that give us the opportunity to reflect on other people’s stories and experiences as we begin to collaborate with others.