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Extra Points – Collaboration

Collaboration.

Last week, I visited a grade school to talk to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders about writing. They were studying writing skills and stories in class, and their teacher thought I could bring some perspective on how and why I write for business. Let’s just say, they brought me perspective.

I know I wasn’t that smart in 3rd-5th grade. These kids have a vastly larger vocabulary than I remember having. They were disciplined, well behaved, and followed instructions. Maybe it was partly to do with me being there as a guest, however kids are pretty transparent. It was impressive.

Here was my big takeaway. These kids put what they learned into practice. They asked hard questions, they gave thoughtful compliments, and they worked with each other. Any time a question came up, the teacher would say, “Heads together,” and they would collaborate. It was astounding. Just think what adults could accomplish if we did that!

So, why can’t we? What holds us back from a desire to learn and improve; to put into practice what we do learn; to collaborate with others; and to seek out the best for everyone involved? Maybe we need to go back to being kids. I often think the transition from childhood to adulthood loses something in the translation. Perhaps if we find it, we will all be better off.

Okay everyone, “Heads together!”

This week’s quote – “Failure stays with those who stay with some success made yesterday.” Don Meyer – college basketball coach

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