Collaboration

            Do you believe it is important to collaborate, and why?

            Ephesians 4:15-16 says, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

            The vision of Northwest Christian Academy is to train up Christian thinkers, communicators, and servant-leaders. The Student Leadership Institute (SLi) at NCA exists to fulfill this vision by preparing young men and women to engage culture through the development of a Biblical worldview and the nurturing of leadership traits.

            The focus for this week is on collaboration. When you collaborate with someone, you work with them towards a common goal. For example, if you and somebody else have a project due, you could collaborate with him or her to work on it together. Collaboration is beneficial because it allows you to get more work done at a faster pace. In addition, you can receive input on your work while giving some of your own. For collaboration to work, you will need to listen to others, share your input, and have a common goal.

            To begin, you will need to listen to the people you are collaborating with. If you ignore the other person’s input while you are working, you will be doing it all on your own. The point of collaboration is to work with someone else, to make the workload easier. If you do everything yourself, you are only taking on more work. In addition, listening to others can benefit what you are working on. For instance, imagine there is a mistake in something you did, but you did not notice it. If your partners do, they can help you make the corrections needed.

            Next, to collaborate with someone, you will have to give input of your own. Just like how you cannot do all the work yourself, you cannot let your partners do it all. Helping them out relieves them of some of the work, while it also gives you a chance to give your suggestions. In addition, giving your input will mold you into a better leader. It makes you think of more efficient ways to complete tasks, which leaders are known for.

Lastly, to collaborate with someone, you should share a common goal. Having a common goal helps because it means everyone in your group is working towards the same result. Working towards two different things will conclude in your team being dissatisfied. For example, Amanda wants to do the bare minimum for a project to get a passing grade. Charlotte, however, wants to work hard on the project so she can get the best grade possible. If Amanda only does the bare minimum for her part, then neither of them can get the best grade. However, if they both have the same goal, they can both be satisfied with the result.

To summarize, when you collaborate with other people, you are working with them to achieve something. When you collaborate with others, you will have to listen to them so they can share their input. In addition, you should give your input to your partners, in case you see how to improve something. Finally, you should have the same goals as your collaborators, to ensure the project turns out right. My challenge is to discuss an idea that you have with someone, so that the two of you can work together on it. If you can get the other person interested, then you will both be working towards a common goal.

Some discussion questions are “What are some advantages to collaboration?” and “Have you ever collaborated before, and why?”

 

Prayer

Dear God, if we ever have a project that seems like too much, I ask that you allow us to find someone to collaborate with. Not just on a school project, but any project. Whether it is for business or pleasure, I pray that we collaborate with others to make the work process smoother. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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