oxenDefinition: Late Latin collaboratus, past participle of collaborare to labor together, from Latin com- + laborare to labor.

We at Team Powered Success have worked with virtual teams and face-to-face teams. We at one time worked with more than one hundred people divided into teams of six-to-eight. Presently we are working, face-to-face, with a team of six women who are business owners.

But even two can make a team, when they collaborate.

This passage is from an article in the March 2013 issue of the WSJ Magazine. It is about Narciso Rodriguez, a fashion designer. In that role he was very successful (Michelle Obama wore one of his dresses on election night 2008), but as a businessman, he was hurting. Until he joined forces with one Bob Wichser, a former executive at upscale fashion companies. Here’s the passage.

“When Wichser stepped in, he—like everyone else— was blown away by Rodriguez’s talent and sensibility, as well as the quality of his retailers and his success in the fragrance business (in 2012 the designer’s signature scent was given the French Fragrance Foundation’s Fifi award for being the “best feminine fragrance of the past 20 years”—even though it is only 10 years old). What he didn’t have, Wichser says, was “a clear blueprint. You have to have a vision about what you want the company to become.” The goal now, say both men, is to transform the brand into an international powerhouse.”

Similarly, the next is from the WSJ but it’s a review of the autobiography of Clive Davis, the record producer whose stable of artists included Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston. Much of their success came from the songs they wrote in collaboration. Other artists Davis represented would not collaborate and did not fair as well. At one point the reviewer notes that “if you put any Beatles song up against a solo effort by John Lennon, you will see why collaboration is a good thing.”

So if you cannot find six to start a team, then partner up and collaborate! It’s a good thing.

Sources: Narciso Rodriguez & Clive Davis Book Review


About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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