m3-014It is important for Collaborators to have critiqued their own motivations for committing to working in partnership with others – to understand what drives them, how they work best, what repels them – to understand their modus operandi. Are they, for example, extroverts or introverts? What are the personal barriers they have to address? By thinking ahead about how they might react in various interaction scenarios they will face they can ensure that they won’t lose out in the collaboration and that they maximize the potential benefits.

All entrepreneurs, all innovators are the product of influences good and bad – of thorns (painful, challenging events & influences) and petals (positive, encouraging events & influences). Interesting research internationally suggests that most entrepreneurs are people who have a point to prove and many are people who have struck out on their own in response to life-challenging circumstances, such as struggling with formal education or losing a job.