1. Sharing Each partner in the collaboration is responsible for 100 percent of the benefits, debt, and risk of the venture.
2. Trust Each collaborative partner respects the other’s perspective, particularly the differences, and moves forward with an expectation of good will and confidence in the other’s ability to contribute to the common purpose. Trust will moderate the conflict. Without trust, tension becomes an impassable chasm so that true collaboration cannot emerge.
The following are five guiding thoughts as we move to creative collaboration:
1. We start with the elements we have in common, investing in “we”, and carefully watching the “I”. In creative collaboration, claim overlapping elements and use them;
2. We work with those who are interested in working with us. In other words, we play with those willing to play;
3. As we work together, we empower each other to change the culture;
4. We watch the behavior of our emerging collaboration, take notes as collaborativity develops, and we are mindful of forward steps as we build on emerging themes;
5. As new ideas emerge, we develop large and visible icons and artifacts that are easily visible that result from the collaboration. We make collaborative ideas big and available to others.