This is an article worth contemplating in the 8/25/11 Fast Company Newsletter.

What’s being described in the article is a collaborative environment.

In Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, he says, creative people simply want the latitude (autonomy), as well as the opportunity to do something really well (mastery) and the opportunity to be part of something greater than themselves (purpose). And that’s what Burning Man provides.

My thoughts are good business sits on a foundation of trust. Before you can have trust, you have to demonstrate you can collaborate and before that you need to design and build a collaborative environment consisting of the three elements listed above.

Collaboration = a collaborative environment (autonomy, mastery & purpose) + demonstrated collaborative skills and behaviors + trust. Each of the last two depends on the former. The output is everyone acts like they are on the same team and wear the same color uniform.

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