What collaboration means to me…
I really wanted to take a bit of time to delve in to explain what collaboration means to me – why I feel it is such an important part of what we do here at Central Business Associates, but also why it is of great importance for us all to learn how to do it, and do it well!
You really do say it a lot..!
I know, I know! I never particularly used the word ‘collaborate’ until I began planning the concept of Central Business Associates, but I found myself naturally saying the word increasingly when I was explaining my business concept, and also came to realise that I had been ‘collaborating’ for my whole working life! It was actually one of my major strengths, so I started looking more closely at it.
My research found me suddenly seeing the word everywhere (you know how that happens – it feels like coincidence, but it’s just your brain seeing what was always there, in a new light!), but there were varying ways that it was being perceived and understood. So I wanted to clarify to you what it means to me, and how I use it in this business, so you can understand how it might benefit you, and how you can access the relevant services for you.
For me – collaboration is about teamwork – it’s about recognising you can’t do it all alone, or more to the point – you don’t have to do it all alone! If we all work together and use our strengths, we don’t have to battle away alone, and try and do the things that we are not so good at (or that we secretly really don’t enjoy doing!). It’s about give and take – for a partnership to work, everyone has to be bringing a strength to the table, or the imbalance will eventually weigh heavy on the relationship. But it’s also not about expecting something every time you give – it’s about the teamwork – knowing that if the other person or people can help you, they will.
Knowing you have a group of people who have your back is an amazing feeling, and makes you all stronger – isn’t that worth pursuing?
At Central Business Associates, we help you collaborate, by offering flexible, affordable spaces to work in, and where you can meet potential people whom you can work with. We offer memberships at an affordable rate, to help you promote your business, give you access to workshops to help you become stronger, more effective, and ultimately, to grow your business. And we offer support where you need it – we can help you find the right person to work with, to do those things you can’t (or don’t want to!), or even connect you with like-minded people who may already have encountered the hurdles that you are facing, and can give you their insight to soar over and past them!
Our passion is helping everyone succeed. Come and join the team!