Finding Your Passion
Collaborations are more enjoyable and more likely to be successful if individuals feel engaged in the work – that is, if the work they are doing is sufficiently interesting and important so as to minimize nagging challenges usually inherent with collaboration (e.g. difficulty communicating with others at a distance or in a different working culture, more individuals make the work harder to coordinate, etc.). When the work is truly engaging to collaborators, the daily challenges of collaboration rescind. This activity helps individuals to identify what they find to be the most engaging aspects of the work and to discuss these facets with other collaborators.
Consider and respond to the following individual and group questions.
-What initially attracted you to this collaboration?
-What kinds of things would you most like to accomplish with this collaboration?
-How would you define success as it relates to this collaboration?
-What are you hoping will be the greater impact of the work accomplished in this collaboration?
Group Questions (How do your responses compare to others in the group?):
A. Initial attraction to the collaboration
-If similar, how does this help the collaboration?
-If different, how do these various perspectives help the collaboration? How may different perspectives hinder the collaboration?
B. Accomplishments and Impact of the collaboration
-How are the responses to accomplishments similar? Different? If different, discuss how these differences may impact overall goals with the collaboration? Are the goals still aligned with hopes for overall accomplishments?
-How do the responses to greater impact of the collaboration compare across individuals? How are they similar? Different? Explore the differences.
-Do people agree on what they “really, really, really want from the collaboration”? Talk about the similarities and the differences.
-Compare the responses to the initial attraction to the responses to the collaboration.
-How do you define “engagement” as it relates to this work? As individuals? As a group?
-How will this collaboration keep you most engaged? What is most important?
-Is there anything else to add in terms of “engagement” that is important for others to know?