I like bold partners. Not too many at once, but someone to challenge me, to question my judgment, to test my assumptions. When I've directed plays I have found it very helpful to have a challenging stage manager -- someone who isn't wowed by my grand plans and simply knows how to get things done. Someone who can smell baloney no matter how many things are sandwiched around it.
That approach is useful in problem solving, too. Fearless collaboration grows with a certain degree of comfort with conflict, with a shared understanding that assertiveness is an ally.
Before solving that next problem, find someone who will see what you can't and express what you won't.
You won't be sorry.
-- Douglas Brent Smith
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