(There are always others in pictures like this. From Clickflashphotos on Flickr.)
On Tuesday night, I led a session with some colleagues on rebuilding trust in the financial system amongst 20-30 year olds. Definitely lots of energy and fun despite the heady subject. I think they might post the notes, so if they do I'll share them.
After our session, I took the luxury of attending many of the workshops. The morning session on innovation was quite (and surprisingly) good. There were many highlights, but I thought an idea shared by Shelly Lazarus of Ogilvy was quite important.
Shelly posited that having a collaborator in the formulation of ideas can be extremely productive. The way I captured it was:
"Having another person helps people to be brave. The other person hears an idea and say, 'hey, I think you have something there' which allows you to go further." (or something like that).
Not teaming for a project per se, instead collaborations that stretch over time that evolve a certain dynamism and trust.
I had the pleasure of chatting briefly with Shelly afterwards and she expanded further noting that often that the skill and quality of the two people might not matter. That is, somebody that's not quite as good could still be the missing ingredient to make the other person truly great. And if you break up the dynamic duo, you might see the greatness fade.
Seems pretty simple and anecdotally true for me. Sign of a good insight.