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Together Series: Creating Together

Most likely you’re reading this on your mobile or tablet, so we’d like you to consider now the genuine power that you’re viewing as one avenue of togetherness: Creating.

Here’s a Prime Example of Creating Together

Let’s review a simple case study in creating together: Apple. The year is 2007, there is plenty of hype, hunger, and hope with what could very well be the greatest technological advancement by many estimations. The iPhone is unveiled and it is, in an instant, widely produced, promoted, and purchased. In the first two days alone, 250,000 were sold. Some three years later, we were shown the iPad.

Each app is not created, produced, and offered by Apple. No, there are creators and contributors across the world who have chosen to accept the Creative Party invitation Apple sent out to the world. A decade ago, the App Store had more than 300,000 applications. A study done in September of last year revealed there are now over 2 Million apps in the App Store. That number, is of course as you can imagine, growing steadily.

As even this Apple product user would agree that life has changed quite a bit due to the functionality and friendliness of their products, what is far more impressive is these thousands upon thousands of apps available to us. This is the power of togetherness.

Why is this? It’s certainly not because experts are keen on inventing more and more software. As lucrative as that may be, it doesn’t reveal the almost magical reason why there are various app offerings. I’d like to propose to you it’s because Apple is making it very welcome to create together.

As even this Apple product user would agree that life has changed quite a bit due to the functionality and friendliness of their products, what is far more impressive is these thousands upon thousands of apps we can find in Apple’s App Store. This is the power of togetherness.

Amateurs and idea enthusiasts have found a safe place to explore their solutions and offer their findings. As leaders, we should be doing the same for those we have been assigned to.

A few helpful links:

Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity Web page :Click here

NY Times on App Store Content: Click here

How can we promote a more welcoming environment where people around us are empowered to take risks? What are some things we can say and do in each of our realms of influence to communicate I believe you have something to offer, be that a talent, a gift, an idea. I want to make sure your voice is heard and your ideas receive the validation they deserve.

As leaders, this is sometimes a challenge. If we think a person’s idea will overshadow our position as a leader, and we put up roadblocks for a person’s growth, then we really shouldn’t be leading in the first place. When we are leading, we must do all we can so that people become the absolute best version of themselves and have every available resource they need to do just that.

Let’s make the move. Deliver the truth. Set up others for success and, we might even find that our ability to create will become exponential when we do it: Together.

So, the question is, what are you willing to create in your community or culture that would require some bravery on your part? Have you been withholding any truth you want to declare to your people because, even in a small way, you think it would cause someone to shine brighter than you?

In the comments, would you be so bold as to share your greatest opportunity to build an environment that encourages creating together?

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