The art of collaboration
My friend Sydney Welch recently wrote a book entitled The Art of Collaboration. Citing the recent record-breaking sale of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi, Welch argues that we should become more collaborative to achieve the success of the studios and workshops of old.
Referring to her role in a creative project sponsored by Arcadia University, Welch writes that she ‘learned quickly how important it was to collaborate and saw those efforts culminate in an incredibly successful result.’
My own recent collaborative book publishing experience confirms this.
I am privileged to be a part of a small group of entrepreneurs and freelancers from around the world called the Right Company. During a passionate and moving debate about the balance between scarcity and abundance, Bernadette, who leads the group, suggested a book would be a great way to share our wisdom and stories with the world.
And so Enough: Unlock a life of abundance starting right where you are was born.
It was a privilege to lead the publication of this compendium of heartfelt, moving, and inspirational stories that tell how we define and redefine what enough means. These are stories to inspire, encourage and open up the minds of our readers to the abundance of possibilities available in the world.
We could not have done it without being truly collaborative. We all pitched in to develop the initial writers’ guide. Then, with Zoom calls and one-to-one conversations, we helped each other through the months of writing. Those with expertise in design formed a production team to develop the front and back covers and typeset paper and digital versions. Our digital and marketing experts set up a website and produced a podcast. We have all been involved in every aspect of the book.
We could not have done it any other way, and collaboration has given us the best possible result.
Together, we have created a worldwide selection of stories and an abundance of guidance and inspiration. In so doing, we have harnessed the many different disciplines from inside our group to create something that will, we hope, be truly special.
Welch writes that by ourselves, we can create impressive and significant things. Yet when we work together, we achieve great things. We planned the book to make a difference in the world, and collaboration got us there.
(Photo: The Right Company Press)
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