Workshop: Letting Go of the Lone Wolf Mindset: Why Collaboration is the Key to Expanding Your Freelance Business
As a freelancer, you’ve exited the office politics and forced friendships of the corporate world, so you may be thinking you can Lone Wolf your expertise all the way to the bank. While that is occasionally true, it’s generally not true for long.
Your longevity and sustainability as a freelancer are directly related to your ability to collaborate effectively and intelligently. Why does it matter? Because unlike in the office job scenario, your coworkers don’t ever have to work with you again. If their experience isn’t good, they’ll move on. Any freelancer who makes it past their first year knows that referrals are the holy grail of sustainability, and that clients have to love more than just the results of your work. The last thing we want is someone telling a colleague, “Their work was pretty good, but actually working with them was a nightmare.” The truth is, no matter how good you are at the task, people almost always recommend people they enjoy working with.
Working alone also costs you the perspective that you gain from collaboration. When we invest in working well with others, we can gain insight, access collective intelligence, and account for our blind spots. By operating from your strengths and leaning into the strengths of others, you can creating an environment where every person does their best work and walks away feeling confident and valued.
In this workshop, I’ll share key principals for effective collaboration, including:
- How to create a culture of value while collaborating
- How (and why) not to be an insufferable credit hog
- How to access collective intelligence during your project
- How using a tool like StrengthsFinder can help maximize talent and minimize conflict during a collaborative project
*Every participant will also receive a free 20-minute call with Kimberly to discuss their StrengthsFinder Profile.