by Divya Parekh (USA)

Around the turn of the 15th century, John Donne penned his famous poem that started out with the line, “No man is an island.” Donne used the poem to explain how life has people intertwined together in all aspects of life. The connectivity is a great lesson for a professional in any career or organisation. While effective collaboration is the key to propelling a particular project or an entire business forward, it is also significant in advancing your career.


In any business or organisation, you need to work with others. They could be employees, clients, consultants, the management team, etc. Frankly, the list can be endless depending on what your company does. I have seen people grudgingly take on collaboration opportunities in a spirit of distrust. A negative attitude is a wrong approach as working with others can greatly enhance the career options presented to you in the future.

Source: iCN Issue 19  (Group Dynamics: Team Coaching); pages 21-22