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Sister Corita Kent: 10 rules for collaboration

What 10 simple rules can teach us about leading and learning.

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Collaboration is the holy grail of teamwork.

Essential to teaming is a sublimation of ego. You put aside yours aside so that you can listen to someone else’s ideas. Your ego never goes away, nor should it, but you tone it down to be open to something else: learning.

This theme resonates in “10 Rules for Students and Teachers.”  The “10 Rules” were originally written by Sister Corita Kent, an influential artist and educator. She was a friend of composer John Cage, who popularized the rules and had them posted for students at Merce Cunningham Studio.

Themes in the “10 Rules” revolve around trust as well as the push to get out of the experience what you can. Self-discipline is important as the need to follow a leader when necessary.

“Be happy when you can manage it.” As Sister Corita says, “Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.”

John Baldoni is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2018, Trust Across America honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Trust. Also in 2018, named Baldoni a Top 100 Leadership Speaker. Global Gurus ranked him No. 22 on its list of top 30 global experts, a list he has been on since 2007. In 2014, named Baldoni to its list of top 50 leadership experts. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including his newest, “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership.”

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