One powerful way to multiply the impact of joining forces at the business problem & opportunity level is to make sure you are joining forces with difference. Check out two powerful examples below.

Both Jeremiah & Mary Alice are incredibly busy people and yet they know that if you make time to connect with people and help them feel open to come to you before you get started on the work, that work will go a lot faster.

How do they do this? In the first week of every knew project, Jeremiah will schedule a 30 minute coffee with the main contact on each cross-functional team and makes sure to ask the following questions:

  1. What are your top priorities as a team and where does this project fit in / how can it help?

  2. What is most important for you & your team with this project?

  3. What do you think the biggest challenges & risks on this project are?

  4. What is your preferred working style? How can I  be the best possible partner to you during the project e.g. no weekend email, heads up before meetings

Mary Alice makes time for everyone by remembering that everyone is important to making a successful movie: the lead director and the janitor keeping the place clean, the finance person keeping them on budget and the chefs keeping everyone fed and healthy. She needs everyone to feel valued and invested, so it's a no brainer to make time for them.

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