No one person can whistle a symphony

No one person can whistle a symphony

Posted on November 19, 2015 by Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation

We often hear people talk about collaboration as an easy, routine way of working, when in reality it is a winding journey that benefits from shared aspirations, more listening than talking and patience.

As I wait for my delayed flight out of Houston, it is a perfect time to reflect on how best intentions can be detoured due to factors beyond one’s control. After being with 250-plus folks who came together to sharpen their collaboration skills at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Collaboration Conference, it is clear that good intentions abound.

Hints and observations are captured in my tweets. More tweets can be found at #GEOCC

Collaboration is embedded in every initiative undertaken by The Patterson Foundation. We know that collaborating is challenging…but the emergent relationships and results make it worthwhile.

We will continue to explore ways to collaborate, learning along the way, all for the greater good!


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