Fostering Collaboration

How do you encourage collaboration in an ego-driven world?

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Stephanie Davis Smith, former vice president of editorial at Modern Luxury, explains why collaboration is key to driving results.

“Collaboration, to me, gets the best end result in any situation you're in,” she says. “Whether that's a business proposal, whether you're creating a piece of art, whether you're doing a magazine or content-creating, there needs to be a lot hands in that to make it the best it can be.”

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Collaboration, to me, gets the best end result in any situation you're in. Whether that's a business proposal, whether you're creating a piece of art, whether you're doing a magazine or content-creating, there needs to be a lot hands in that to make it the best it can be.

My entire background is in magazines, and as you know, a magazine is basically a big collaboration of imagery, arts, words coming together, the layout of the design and how that works together. So there's never been an opportunity in my career to be a solo writer by myself. Everything is collaborative. We have meetings weekly, for every department. And I think that's a great way to behave, because nobody can do anything by themselves. And we always say the best idea wins in our meetings, but that idea may have started with one person and been shaped and changed by 10 other people working on that same idea, to the point where you don't even know where the original idea came from.

One way to foster collaboration in a world where people are ego-driven and they want to be recognized for the good idea they came up with, or the good works that they're doing, is to recognize when they had that moment, and then recognize as people help shape it, too. So you're getting recognition for the original idea, and then what happened afterward and how it became a beautiful piece after that. And I think that puts out into the world the best content you can have, because everyone has a hand in it. Everyone is making it better, working on it, and it's the same as me being a writer. I would never just write something and put it out into the world. I need an editor, all the time. I am an editor, so I know my people need me to look over their stuff as well.
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Stephanie Davis Smith

Stephanie Davis Smith started an illegal newspaper at her middle school called "The Underground"—which was printed on copier paper stapled together—thus beginning her foray into the world of publishing, communications and audience dev...

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