Who are the best collaborators to have on your team to participate in creative thinking?

You can know the best collaborators based on their actions. They:

  • Are individuals you can trust and depend upon to do what they say
  • Are fun, pleasant, and enjoyable to be around
  • Do their homework upfront
  • Are eager to work with others
  • Think big while realizing details matter
  • Readily generate new ideas
  • Inspire new ideas in others
  • Take-over or sit back, whichever one is needed (and they know when which one or the other is needed)
  • Cheer others on when the collaboration is faltering
  • Will readily challenge people when it will lead to a stronger outcome
  • View some things similarly and some differently than you
  • Are good at structuring and shaping your work
  • Are willing to volunteer and actually do work that needs to get done
  • Create more energy than they consume within the collaboration

What other characteristics would you add based on the best collaborators for creative thinking you have worked with in your career? – Mike Brown

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