A Rising Tide Lifts Us All: The Power of Collaboration


When John F. Kennedy used the phrase, “A rising tide lifts all ships,” he was talking about our government’s economic policy.

Today, we use that phrase to remind each other of the positive effects — financial or otherwise — of working together in all sorts of aspects: everything from neighborhoods to business networks.

Finding ways to collaborate — even with so-called competitors — has always been a crucial factor to the success of any business. We’ve known that for years.

So Let’s Start with Collaboration

Today’s world changes in the blink of an eye. New technology, shifting politics and the breakneck speed of the news makes it ever harder for a new entrepreneur to keep up — let alone make real headway.

The only way to get where you want to go, is to take along some friends.

So we’re making it official. Our theme for the Premiere Season is Collaboration.

Each team is expected (and rewarded) for working together to help one team member (of their collective choice) accomplish that week’s mission. Points will be awarded to the team with the best overall work product (points divided among each player on that team).

Individual players may also attempt to tackle the mission themselves — if they have the time. Points will be awarded to the best effort among those who are able to complete the task on their own, as well.

But collaboration will earn the players more points.

The idea is to mimic the power of a Mastermind Group — a concept inspired by Andrew Carnegie and written about by Napoleon Hill (see Think and Grow Rich).

The benefits of having a supportive mastermind include:

1. Differing perspectives, input and feedback.

2. Resources and connections you might not have had on your own.

3. Accountability and inspiration.

Napoleon Hill even felt there was a mystical quality created when a mastermind group was formed. He said:

“No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”

In other words, your ability to create things in the world is increased exponentially by having that invisible “third mind” of the mastermind group.

So without further ado, here are the teams:

Team One: Ang Jandak of Low Brow Events, Peter Sterlacci of Believe.Become.Be Your Brand, and Dr. Michael Provitera of Motivational Leadership Training.

Team Two: Linda Griego of Java Raiz, Janet Brent of Purple Panda, and Michelle Hastie of Total Body Health Solutions

Team 3: Shaun Roney of TwinkleTies, Tiffany Manley of Sweet Phenomena, and Rachel Denning of Discover, Share, Inspire!

Team 4: Kristin Elliott of Doodie Pack, Colleen Conger of Digital Photo & Design, and Tammy Vitale of Women Weaving it All Together

Team 5: Joseph Richards of Salary Negotiators, Jayne Ubl-Johnson of DriveSafeRideSafe and Evelyn Kalinosky of Inner Affluence

Why These Particular People on These Teams?

Each team is equally weighted by skill level (as much as possible, according to assessments we did during the application process).

We also tried (where possible) to facilitate potential overlaps in target audience.

The teams have less than four weeks (actually only two, if you take into account the holidays) to talk and build rapport, discover each other’s strengths and weaknesses and make plans for when they’ll meet on a regular basis during the actual competition.

Their weekly meetings (before and after the show) will be held via video conferencing (using Anymeeting.com) and recorded so we can all watch together.

Aren’t you excited to see what they do together?

Of course you are. So now’s the time to mark your calendar, gather your friends and colleagues, and join us on this journey via our Play-at-Home membership.

About Tea Silvestre

Executive Producer of Prosperity's Kitchen, author and marketing coach to solopreneurs.

  • http://twitter.com/GinaBell Gina Bell xo

    Woohoo! Go teams go! Can’t wait to celebrate all that you accomplish!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathrynyarborough Kathryn Yarborough

    Very exciting!

  • Bonnie Bruderer

    Hi Teammates: I am excited to get to know you and learn how I can support your mission. Please contact me anytime at: bonnie@DirtyDogLovers.com

  • http://twitter.com/PeterSterlacci Peter Sterlacci

    Really looking forward to this. Collaboration is the key!

  • http://virtuallydistinguished.com Michelle Church

    Good Luck…This is going to be interesting, can’t wait to watch!

  • Janet

    this is going to be so much fun!! :)

  • Kristin (Doodie Pack)

    So excited to build strength in numbers!