Collaborating for More Creativity, Fun, and Success

Collaboration is on my mind a lot lately.

It comes up frequently in conversations with independent professionals and business owners, writers and information product creators, teachers and trainers. It comes up when I think of something I want to accomplish, that seems a bit beyond my knowledge and abilities, but not a wild and crazy idea.

We’re all looking for ways to be more innovative and to do more important work, and to do things better, more gracefully, more happily.

That’s where collaboration comes in. It’s a wonderful way to pool our collective intelligence and creativity to do bigger, and often truly surprising, things. 

For example, yesterday I spent time in a coffee shop collaborating with a fellow consultant and coach on a new idea we have for a program to offer clients getting ready to shift occupational gears. 

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Five “Insider Secrets” to Being a Happy and Successful Independent Consultant

Have you noticed how many articles there are about “What makes a great entrepreneur?” or “How do you know you’re cut out to be a success as a small business owner?”

I’ve read them, and I’m always a bit in awe of the people who manage to score high in the surveys indicating extraordinary capabilities that successful entrepreneurship requires.

When I think about one very important “subclass” of entrepreneurs –the independent business consultants I’ve known and worked with – I conclude that they share certain qualities that never seem to show up in the “successful entrepreneur” research. Yet they may be the most relevant characteristics that draw people to consulting in the first place. And keep them there over the long run.

Here’s my list of 5 common characteristics and orientations of the solo- and small-firm consultants I’ve known who love their work, thrive in their roles, and handle the “challenges” of their chosen profession with a minimum of fuss and bother.

They are so important, I consider them to be real “insider secrets” for being a happy and successful consultant.