As An Introvert, I Can Only Handle So Much Collaboration At Work

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By Katie Dutcher

Recently, I was in a meeting with a colleague, a person whom I work closely with, and who is very different than me, personality-wise. During the meeting, she advocated that we move to team-teaching as our default.

She listed a couple of benefits of collaboration, some of which made good sense to me. There was an offhand comment, though, that sounded within me like a gong: “Anyway, collaboration is easier.” This sent me into an internal tizzy, which continued to rankle me well into the evening.

What my colleague and I do is teach mindfulness and meditation. This means that authenticity, communication, vulnerability, and compassion are qualities we both seek to cultivate in everything we do — including in our work together.

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