24 September 2015
Are you the type of person that would ask for help and input into something, or would you try to power through alone?
Whilst there are undoubtedly times for both approaches, I would never underestimate the power of collaboration.
“Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean.”
That’s a quote from a poet called Ryunosuke Satoro. For me it perfectly describes working together – the impact of a rain shower with hundreds of tiny drops vs the impact of all of that water together in one place.
It’s the same in business and in life. Whilst you may have a wide range of skills, there are undoubtedly other people who could bring further skills and a fresh perspective to whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.
That’s why here at UKFast we hold events like yesterday’s eCommerce Live UK. The event brought together the most creative ecommerce minds, like Dan Cluderay from Approved Food and Steve Oliver of Music Magpie to speak to an audience of more than 200.
Dan grew Approved Food from a market stall, while Steve grew the largest online seller of pre-owned media in the world. Each of the speakers brought a new angle to ecommerce, unique anecdotes and essential advice – all along the main thread of selling online. These events, like the upcoming InspireMCR, are UKFast’s way of nurturing collaboration and sharing.
Why is it that when we have a great idea our instinct is to close the shutters and let no one in? Is it keep it to yourself so that you can keep the credit? Is it so we can keep the credit? Or is it a question of control? Whilst you wouldn’t want to give away all of your business secrets, imagine what could happen if you added more skills and experience to the firepower behind your idea? How could you help other businesses to grow too?
We’re taught teamwork in school and throughout childhood but, somewhere on our journey to adulthood, this is lost along the way and I think we are all the poorer for it.
How can you share your knowledge to help people grow? How can you improve what you do by working with other people?