Picking collaborators

A tip I share with new hires is to pick collaborators with just as much rigor as they apply to picking a project.

A dynamic I’ve seen play out time and time again is that projects with collaborators who don’t work together under-perform expectations. Conversely, projects with collaborators who work well together have a way of exceeding expectations.

A great collaborator shouldn’t be the sole reason to pick a project. But once we’re at the stage where we find ourselves weighing projects with similar impact, making the final decision based on who we collaborate with is among the most important things we do.