Collaborating With God in the Marketplace



 Collaborating with God in Scripture



  • ·         Nehemiah 4:6 So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.




  • ·         Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.




  • ·         Amos 3:3 Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?




  • ·         Luke 10:1-2 Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.




  • ·         Numbers 11:4-10 The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, "Who will give us meat to eat? “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna." read more.




  • ·         Ruth 3:1-18 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, shall I not seek security for you that it may be well with you?” Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. "Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.




  • ·         Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?" And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.




Secular Quotes about Collaboration:




  • ·         “The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom—a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God.” ― Brett Harris




  • ·         “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” ― Helen Keller




  • ·         “The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom—a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God.” ― Brett Harris




  • ·         “Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. 'This is profitable for us both, that I should labor with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow. I have no kindness for you, and know you have as little for me. I will not, therefore, take any pains upon your account; and should I labor with you upon my own account, in expectation of a return, I know I should be disappointed, and that I should in vain depend upon your gratitude. Here then I leave you to labor alone; you treat me in the same manner. The seasons change; and both of us lose our harvests for want of mutual confidence and security.” ― David Hume




  • ·         “Collaborations are the black holes of knowledge regimes. They willingly produce nothingness, opulence and ill behavior. And it is their very vacuity that is their strength...It does not entail the transmission of something from those who have to those who do not, but rather the setting in motion of a chain of unforeseen accesses.” ― Florian Schneider




  • ·         “When you invite people to share in your miracle, you create future allies during rough weather.” ― Shannon L. Alder




  • ·         “I have always believed in the power of collaboration. Early on in my professional career, I realized that you can't develop all the competencies you need fast enough on your own. Furthermore, if you don't collaborate, your ideas will be limited to your own abilities. As a result, you will not be able to serve your clientele and thus can't achieve the anticipated impact.” ― Visas Chauvin




  • ·         “After mutual respect and understanding are achieved, it is possible to establish real, sincere relationships, which is the foundation of a solid long-term collaboration.” ― Ron Garran




  • ·         “Open collaboration encourages greater accountability, which in turn fosters trust.” ― Ron Garran




  • ·         “Collaborators let down their guards. Successful collaborators still carry a Taser.” ― Ryan Lilly




  • ·         “Automatic synchronization is the killer feature of Dropbox, something that will save lots of time and streamline collaboration.” ― Ian Lamont




Some Principles of Collaboration




What is Collaboration? Collaboration is working with others to do a task and to achieve shared goals. It is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals. This is more than the intersection of common goals seen in cooperative ventures, but a deep, collective determination to reach an identical objective by whom?  For example, an endeavor that is creative in nature is by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.


Structured methods of collaboration encourage introspection of behavior and communication. These methods specifically aim to increase the success of teams as they engage in collaborative problem solving. Forms, rubrics, charts and graphs are useful in these situations to objectively document personal traits with the goal of improving performance in current and future projects.



Collaboration in workplace


  • ·         Workplace Collaboration Individuals coming together in an organization sharing information, sharing responsibilities, and making group decisions.


  • ·         Teams or groups making products, providing services, negotiating deals, coordinating projects, offering advice, and making decisions.






  • ·         Combine the knowledge of many


  • ·         Many heads think better than one






  • ·         Individual experiences combine for the best solution


  • ·         Christian view according to Scripture


  • ·         The power of the Holy Spirit gives the team the best achievements




 Advantages Time


  • ·         Accelerates routine work


  • ·         Balance


  • ·         Multisided view


  • ·         Synergy


  • ·         Integration of individuals


  • ·         Produces Creative work environment


  • ·         Qualified teams generate high level achievement




Advantages: Structure of Teams - “Forming”


  • ·         Develop trust within group


  • ·         Set clear vision “ Storming”






  • ·         Develop solutions - “Norming”


  • ·         Implantation of product




Disadvantages: Collaborative Thinking and the Individual Effects of decision making groups


  •  False confidence


  • ·         Unsound decisions “ Social Loafing”


  • ·         Reduced individual contribution


  • ·         Crowd mentality


  • ·         Technology


  • ·         Fear of dissention


  • ·         Ability to tap masses with little or no credibility




Disadvantages: Costs, Decision Cycles, and Diffusion of Focus Hidden Costs of Collaboration


  • ·         Informal networks


  • ·         Globalization


  • ·         Lengthy Decision Cycles


  • ·         Multiple teams simultaneously


  • ·         Management competition for team resources


  • ·         Diffusion of Focus


  • ·         Multiple teams with little or no direction


  • ·         Lack of individual engagement




Disadvantages: Time Consuming Globally working across time zones


  • ·         Personal contact reduced


  • ·         Availability


  • ·         Critical Deadlines


  • ·         More opinions


  • ·         Team members alienated




Disadvantages: Ambiguous Responsibilities Creates Confusion


  • ·         Unclear purpose of tasks


  • ·         Inadequate communication




Disadvantages: Diversity among Members Language Barriers


  • ·         Written and verbal communication


  • ·         Information Interpretation


  • ·         Noise


  • ·         Psychological make-up


  • ·         Various backgrounds


  • ·         Predispositions




Workplace Collaboration Successful collaboration relies on elimination of the disadvantages


  • ·         Teams and groups are the norm in organizations but not without problems


  • ·         Combining one’s personal, cultural, and organizational values improves collaboration in today’s global setting