144- Ease and Collaboration

When it comes to collaboration, we tend to be drawn towards the more successful candidates, even if working with them is more challenging.

The greater their skill and talent, the more tolerant, patient, and forgiving we behave towards them when challenges arise.

Like the patient children in the Stanford marshmallow experiment, we tell ourselves that the sacrifices we make in the present will lead to better outcomes in the future.

But having a high tolerance against ease may not be the right strategy.

Ease is critical for play, experimentation, and exploration. It gets us into a state of flow, encourages serendipity, and unlocks unexpected co-creative opportunities.

Ease in collaboration is a critical ingredient to achieving great work.

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