There is a statement by Mother Teresa which says, “I can do things you cannot, and you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” It is a self-explanatory statement which suggests that there is more power and greater results when people work together. Two heads are better than one, they say. You can have a brilliant business idea and financially fail to materialize it on your own. You can also have a good idea which develops into something great as you share it with other people. And, sometimes your idea can be different from that of your peers but their combination can bring greater results than when each of you works on his or her idea individually.
Other benefits of having a vision community include;
- Motivation – it is easy to take as much time as you like or give up easily when working by yourself. Knowing that there are people who are counting on us to make a project work keeps us on our toes. No one wants to be known as the weakest link. The fact that the timelines and goals are set by the group and not just us keeps us from procrastinating. Well, that is if you are working with the right people. Some take advantage of the fact that they are not alone in it and relax.
- Learning – for first-timers, collaborations can be a way to learn how to run a business or do projects. Having people come together with different skills and personalities is good exposure for us and can prepare us for something even bigger or to stand on our own.
- Creating wholesome effort – the various skills each person possesses can cover up the weaknesses of the other group member. This further makes the group efficient and effective. Partners also share resources, which makes the burden lighter for each of them. Partnerships also help widen your reach.
- Credibility and reputation – the ability to achieve more ad well as the efficiency can make it easier for the group's presence to be felt in the area in which it operates. It is also easier for well-wishers to support a team of determined people than it is to support an individual.
- Dealing with obstacles – where a partner fails they can get support from other team members.
Partnerships or collaborations are not only useful in startups. Well established professional and social organizations, too, do need to collaborate with other organizations, governments, groups, or individuals sometimes. For example, a struggling business can collaborate with an entrepreneur or other organizations to revamp its operations or marketing. However, not everyone has that magic power of turning collaborations into something more powerful than the work of an individual. Some can cause a stall. Therefore, the process of choosing someone to collaborate with when working on your vision is a crucial one. It determines whether you succeed or fail and, how fast and smooth you progress. These are some of these things to be considered when developing a vision community;
- Sharing the same goal – it is important to work with people who understand the goals of a team and why these goals matter. This helps people commit and do what they need to do for the benefit of the group and those benefit from its services and/or products. When team members have a common goal, each of them is motivated and they take ownership of the project. They feel they belong to the group.
- Teamwork skills – choose people who can work in a team. People who struggle with teamwork often pull the opposite direction. They can either slow down the group or lead to its downfall. Therefore, it is important to be on the lookout for selfish people and those who always want to dominate others.
- Hardworking or working smart – select a team of people who will do their job with a need to be pushed; people who always give their best, are eager to learn and know the right things to do at the right time.
- Beliefs – it is often better to work with people with whom you share beliefs or are at least able to meet in the middle to avoid disagreements that might threaten the team. These include religion and moral values among other things.
- Leadership – among the skills that should be considered when choosing a team to pursue a vision with should be leadership skills. Not everyone possesses the same leadership skills. The group should know the leadership skills necessary to drive the team towards its vision and make sure they do have a member with those qualities. Poor leadership skills can make the group less productive.
- What are you likely to miss by working alone and what kind of partnership do you need – you should know what you need from your partner and what you have to offer. Find someone who adds more value to your vision and fills the existing gap.
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