Friday, December 02, 2005

Apprentice, Collaborate or Lose

Those who watched last night's Apprentice witnessed clear examples of the importance of knowing when to lead and when to follow.

Ala and Alicia confused leading with winning and following with losing. Their only chance was to have the best project result but neither was prepared to let go of her need for personal success. Each was unable to integrate the other's contributions into a shared concept. There was no collaboration and it showed in their work product.

In contrast Rebecca, as project leader, originally required actors for their commercial. When it became clear this was not working, she acknowledged so to Randall and sought his contribution to the solution. In their taxi at the beginning of their project they had agreed to push each other to be effective. This opened the door to flexible leadership and collaboration.

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