Collaboration Produces Better Results

Last Saturday, my wife and I enjoyed a few adult beverages.  One of us decided it would be a good idea to play “Name That Tune” to random 80s music.  We pulled out the digital assistant and told it to play 80s music.  The fun began.  First, it was just name the song.  Then, it was name the song and artist.  We might have added in name the album or where the band was from.  The rules kept changing as one of us tried to get an edge.  I am pleased to say I won (at least in my mind).  I am embarrassed to say I got “Live to Tell” by Madonna before my wife.

Something interesting happened, though.  After we settled on the game being name the song and the artist, more often than not, one of us got the song and the other named the artist.  We called those ties.  My hazy memory tells me tie became the most common result and ended up with both of us laughing and singing along.

At work last week, I was talking with one of our executives about our supply chain challenges.  He said, “It seems like everyone is starting to drift apart and we have fewer productive conversations with our vendors and partners.”

We are fortunate to have a great relationship with one of our major vendors.  We communicate on all levels with them.  While everyone is having supply chain challenges, I believe the open and honest communication both sides have had has helped both companies navigate this challenging environment.  Instead of competing, we are collaborating.

Everyone wants to “win.”  Your winning does not mean that the other side has to lose.  Collaboration will result in a better outcome.  And just in case it’s not stuck in your head yet, a link to “Live to Tell” is below.

Live to Tell (Madonna Ciccone/Patrick Leonard)

The truth is never far behind
You kept it hidden well
If I live to tell
The secret I knew then
Will I ever have the chance again

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