I grabbed lunch today with one of my good friends, Michael Sanders, who is the lead Product Manager at BambooHR.
I have always loved working with Michael. He is smart, talented, unassuming, and JUST GETS IT.
It’s no surprise that I have found ways to continue working with him, even though our careers have led us to different companies.
It seems like a no-brainer now, I have the opportunity to work with so many amazing people everyday and most of them don’t even work in the same company that I do, but at one point in my career I was brainwashed into believing that partnerships were dangerous – “let’s just keep everything in-house.”
It seems like at some point, we all have to fight this urge, that voice in your head that says “let’s just keep everything we know to ourselves, people will think we are smarter, people won’t steal our ideas, we will be indispensable.” The ironic thing is that those who think that way, both people and organizations alike, are the ones who quickly become dispensable.
As I talked about is my previous post, Talented People Collaborate, I have found that when you are open with your knowledge and willing to work with others, you are far more likely to produce works of greatness.
I truly believe that by working together, we can accomplish more, at a higher level of quality, than we ever could going it alone.
Thank you to all of my amazing business partners, colleagues, and friends that have been willing to collaborate with me — we are all better for it!