Episode #189 // Communicate + Collaborate

"No matter what, if you're in it for the same reasons, you should both want the same thing."
- Emily Thompson

Especially after writing our book, Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work + Live Life on Your Own Terms, we’ve gotten lots of questions about how we collaborate so strongly and maintain strong communication despite being in separate locations and also having separate businesses of our own. Today we’re sharing our tips and tactics for collaboration, having hard conversations, and getting on the same page with your ideas.

“Whenever I can really identify what my weaknesses are and stop doing those things, I can double down on what my strengths are.” -Kathleen Shannon

“Don’t assume that something is a weakness just because you’re not good at it.” -Kathleen Shannon

“The idea of a collaboration is to take two ideas and let them find a middle ground that makes you happy.” -Emily Thompson

“If you want to make a case for something, make it visual, get specific, and make it real.” -Kathleen Shannon

“No matter what, if you’re in it for the same reasons, you should both want the same thing.” -Emily Thompson

“Growth is messy and that comes with hard conversations.” -Kathleen Shannon

“Hard conversations are rooted in mutual respect and wanting to solve the problem.” -Kathleen Shannon

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TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Laying out your strengths and weaknesses and finding a partner that balances them
  • Breaking up responsibilities vs. collaborating in real time on a single task
  • Dealing with power struggles in collaboration
  • Delegating and sharing tasks
  • Having hard conversations
  • Saying "yes" and saying "no" to your partner's ideas
  • Understanding your values
  • Tools and tactics for communication in collaboration

RESOURCES DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE

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