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  • Writer's pictureAnne Koch

1+1=3 - The Power of Cooperation

Do you also know this feeling? You are facing a challenge and you are paralyzed. You see the mountain, but not the path. And then there is someone next to you who takes the first step with you. Suddenly everything is easier. Not because you are running along in the shadows, but because you can help each other over the biggest stones. Because someone calls out to you that there are only a few meters left to the summit.

Together, as a team, we simply achieve more. That's why we founded Twins for Change. That's why we prefer to work together on assignments rather than alone. Because one person never knows as much as two. Because the result is better. And because it's simply more fun.

In today's VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world we are often overwhelmed by the complexity of the topics, the number of projects and the demands on our continuous personal development. We constantly reach our limits. We think we have to know and be able to do everything. But is that really the case?

Helga Breuninger and Wilfried Schley write in their article "Gemeinsam im Flow - Wie Beziehungen (fast immer) gelingen" ("Together in Flow - How Relationships (Almost Always) Succeed"): "We would do well to overcome the phase of ego. Alone, no one can solve the questions of the present and future." We can agree with both of them wholeheartedly. Regardless of whether it's about the big issues of the future, such as climate change or a new work culture, or "just" the next customer project. With the right cooperation partners at eye level, with a shared vision and shared passion, we achieve more.

Of course, there are also conflicts. Sometimes you don't want to go in the same direction. But as soon as you manage to silence the ego and focus on the common goal, the "why", everything comes into flow.

How can you use the "power of cooperation" for yourself?

Take 10 minutes to ask yourself the following questions:

- In which project could support help you concretely? Where are you stuck?

- Who in your network has the right skills? Who has the same passion for the topic as you?

- What specifically do you want from this person?

- When and how can you get in touch with him/her?

Small tip: If available, use the ESN (Employee Social Network) in your company, LinkedIn or local meet-ups or co-working spaces in your city to search for new cooperation partners. The IHK also offers marketplaces for cooperations, e.g. the IHK Frankurt.

Whether in tandem or in a larger team - we hope you enjoy achieving more together.

Your Twins for Change

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