How do you know when you’ve reached the summit of collaboration?

Excellent collaboration must redistribute the wealth of knowledge and capability from the richer collaborators among us to the poorer – that want it. Excellent collaboration is by definition redistributional. In other words, those of us that are collaborating effectively should share our knowledge and capability with those in our industry that don’t have it – and want it.

I gleaned this thought on reaching the collaboration summit from the quote I read below.

“Any healthcare funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent healthcare is by definition redistributional.” This munificent sentiment and global ambition is wholly in line with WISH’s vision to create a healthier world through collaboration. – Don Berwick

Prior to his role at CMS, Don Berwick was President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of healthcare throughout the world. His vison to cut health care costs and ensure fair care for all were captured in this 2010 quote listed above.

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