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How to Be Open-Minded When Collaborating with Others

October 29, 2020
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Mia Ditmanson

According to a 2015 Journal of Translational Medicine and Epidemiology study, being open to other disciplines and worldviews produces higher quality work. When collaborating with others, keeping an open mind allows leaders to explore unconventional ideas and working styles to solve challenging problems.

Reflect on how to be open-minded when collaborating with others

Learning how to find your superpowers is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

When was the last time you challenged your thought process?

Exercises to help you be open-minded

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to find your superpowers.  

  • Brainstorm potential ways to approach a new project before actually starting. Now, play devil’s advocate. Pick 3 methods and explore why they wouldn’t work.
  • Welcome unique ideas from your teammates. The next time you hear a pitch, list 3 reasons why you agree and disagree with it. This may prompt unique solutions.
  • Ask questions when your teammates are sharing their ideas. Be sure to listen to their perspective and follow up by saying, “I see where you’re coming from…”
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