I attended my first sunrise social event hosted by the Generation Group. The networking event brings together their clients and friends for a breakfast social that features inspirational features. This event speaker was a dad whose life was transformed when one of his children need serious medical treatment. His story was one of precedent-setting collaboration across medical practitioners and facilities. While hospitals and care are actually competitive businesses. Need and a higher calling can help resources align across boundaries to accomplish something that none of the separate parties could achieve by themselves. The talked highlighted a number of key attributes that were required to make the collaboration possible. They included: Why, Spirit, Cohesion, Taking care of each other, Trust, Shared commitment, Empathy, Listening, Win-win and Unconditional support. The barriers from medical personnel they encountered initially were rooted in fear of change based. Not the concept of change, but what would their place in the new order be. How would their Positions and Titles be interpreted when collaborating across boundaries. Over time these groups of people learned those considerations were not relevant in light of what they could achieve.
This real-life story was both inspirational and educational. It calls for us all to question the value un-yielding competition vs. the power of collaboration across all aspects of business and society. I look forward to future events!