The Value of Collaborating with Others

In today’s business or organizational setup, there is a strong emphasis on team building and team solidarity. The days of individual superstars are long gone! You cannot afford to live your life in isolation from people who can make you better. You must learn to collaborate to have a healthy and balanced life. When I was younger, it was tough for me to practice. I enjoyed running a solitary life that was not in the best interest of my self-development and the people I should have cared about. I also realized many people who suffer from depression sometimes have a problem getting along with people, as evidenced by the number of clinically depressed individuals I have worked with over the last six years. I often quarrel with my son, who doesn’t like to be inconvenienced by others, including his siblings. I am often forced to sit him down and explain why survival is hard without learning how to co-exist with people different from you. I often tell him this;

“If you are a man or woman who loves to avoid people, you need to note that you cannot do it for long. You cannot do away with people in real life or your community. Something will always bring you in contact with people. You need to learn how to embrace it with honor and dignity.”

This is a reality that many of the individuals I worked with don’t sometimes realize. I often tell them that one of their choices is learning to collaborate with people. There is no successful reign of a king without people to rule over. So also, man’s destiny cannot become glorious without collaborating or partnering with people who care about improving things. (Proverbs 14:28).
The Bible talks about a man called Diotrephes who loved to have preeminence among the brethren. He did not receive the Apostles of Christ into their faith community but chose to talk foolishly with malicious intent, casting the brethren out of the way of salvation (3 John 5-10). The problem with Diotrephes is that he likes to be the only person seen in the church and the community. He made the church to be ungovernable for the Apostles. When they plan to go this way, he will plan to go in the opposite direction. He does not want to collaborate with them or others.

Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore (Psalms 133:1-3, KJV).
Working together in unity is like ointment. The ointment is equivalent to the anointing. So, when you work together in harmony, it makes you do the impossible. It makes you accomplish the un-accomplishable! No matter your talent, two heads together are always better than one good one. Synergizing our efforts helps us produce an excellent and efficient result (Deuteronomy 32:30). Teamwork always makes the dream work. Elect to join a team of like-minded people today and see how much your life will blossom for doing so. Stop hibernating in your cocoon and let the genius in you metamorphose into a colorful greatness.

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Olusegun Osineye
Author: Olusegun Osineye

Olusegun Osineye earned his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Transformational Leadership from Boston University. He's passionate about creatively adding value to the black race by utilizing life's simple philosophy for their flourishing.

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