There are those who would rather problem solve alone than be made to collaborate with another person to reach a solution. For them, the collaborative process is messy, inefficient and time consuming. There are others who actively seek out a collaborator when faced with a problem. For them, collaboration provides the impetus which pushes them toward a solution. Otherwise, they would merely stare like deer caught in the headlights. We, at Next Gen, believe that there is great power inherent in collaborative and interactive thinking that will add value to any project.
When faced with a problem, it seems axiomatic that two minds are better than one, and that two ideas are better than one idea to solve that problem. As children, we are taught, and rightfully so, that two is greater than one. As adults, when faced with a problem, we feel comforted by not only having Plan A, but also having Plan B.
We believe that when you add collaboration and interaction to the problem solving mix simple math may result in less than the complete story. What seems axiomatic may no longer apply. Fundamental to the Entrepreneurial Engine life skills and fundamental to our entrepreneurial program is that the interactive process of collaborative thinking sparks initiative, inspiration, innovation and ideation. Use of the skill set inevitably leads to a simple truth: two minds working together to solve a problem are better than each mind working alone. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. In mathematical terms, this adage translates into the following equation: one mind + one mind = three minds or at least something greater than two.
Granted, collaboration may not be the most efficient way to solve a problem, but in the long run, it is the most inspiring way to solve a problem. Be inspired – collaborate!
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