Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin
How do you collaborate with others? Do you consider yourself a strong communicator?
We all work with people who claim to to be collaborative – people who pride themselves in their communications skills. The key to successful collaboration isn’t one-way communication. Sharing information isn’t collaboration. Collaboration, true building of trust, must involve building relationships.
We build trust through repeated experiences over time. We trust those people who are consistent; we trust people when their behavior matches their words. People become involved when they are valued, when trust is at a premium, and then learning is at the center.
As leaders we must involve our constituents . . . our staff, our parents, and our community. Communications must go in multiple directions, using multiple means, and listening during the journey.  

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