MADE Magazine Spring 2019 May 2019 - Page 5

H ave you ever worked with someone in your respective field and everything gelled so naturally? You brought one element to the table while she/he brought the missing piece. You both were aligned and like a puzzle, you fit perfectly together. Individually, you each were a force but collectively you were better: more resources, less costs. Less individual effort, greater impact. Collaboration obviously wins but why is it sometimes difficult to pursue? As humans, it’s under- standable to have a desire to be heard and seen for your individual gifts and to want to showcase your value and share it with the world. Makes sense to me. Most of the time, it’s not that you don’t want to collaborate, it’s just that you want to be rewarded for your individuality. But what we must see, being such a powerful force as a unit, is that not wanting to share the stage is counter-productive to reaching massive success. publisher’s note Essence Atkins, said it best when she suggested that women view each other as assets instead of adversaries (pg.). Very true. Smart leaders know the power of collaboration and we’ve seen this too often when entrepreneurial-mind- ed women combine their gifts for a greater mission. Notably, we’ve witnessed this collective power in 2017 when four women, Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Car- men Perez and Linda Sarsour, came together to lead the largest sin- gle-day protest in U.S. history, the Women’s March. Collaboration isn't about giving up your own individuality. It's about realizing your potential." This issue is packed with perspectives and views on how to proactively harness our power as a unit. You’ll meet women like Jenny LeFlore (pg.7) and Halleemah Nash (pg.45) whose community- focused mindsets have ignited legacies not only for their families but for future generations. As it was best stated in one of my favorite films, Drumline, “One band, While doing business, I’ve had to check my own ego at the door. When in doubt if I’m being ego-free, I ask myself honest questions like, “Is this decision for the greater goal or is this decision being made for my own individual bragging rights?” What I’ve come to realize is that my light does not diminish when someone else’s light is brought into the room. The room just gets brighter. Kris Christian Cheers, Collaboration isn’t about giving up your individuali- ty. It’s about realizing your This issue’s Cover girl, potential. #mademaven 5