A few years ago, I led a creative session and I opened with an old Japanese Proverb, “None of us are as smart as all of us.”
I told the group that when I first heard this bromide at an innovation seminar in Chicago, I didn’t have the expected reaction. I said, have you watched C-span lately? Have you been ever been on a committee? Have you listened to talk radio?
Creative collaboration isn’t just a two-edged sword, it’s one of those Gillette innovations with five or six blades.
But I have come to appreciate and even embrace that proverb. When a diverse group of thinkers come together and collaborate at a high level, it’s an amazing thing to experience.
Part of my job description is to help people collaborate better. Often, I am more of a referee and cheerleader than an idea catalyst.
In general, most creative facilitators are cheerleaders for each other. I have a sister company in Puerto Rico (SeriouslyCreative) led by Dana Montenegro where we are totally open source. We share ideas, business plans, and marketing.
I also am a great supporter and fan of great Creative Facilitators like Tom Monahan of Before and After. Dana is smart. Tom is smart. And I am smarter because of them and people like Gerald Haman, Roger Van Oech, Andy Stefanovich, Tim Hurson and Michael Michalko.
Let’s get smarter together.
Take a look at some YouTube shorts by Tom Monahan.
- Beyond Argyle: Tom Monahan on Creative Thinking (creativitycentral.squarespace.com)