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Very smart thinking AGAIN. My PhD program at University of Southern California was both interdisciplinary and collaborative. And I did that program while starting to build my business with Pat Zingheim. As a result I think we learned a lot about the benefits of productive involvement which we have used with our clients for a long time. The challenge we have periodically experienced is 'over involvement' where many are 'participating' and the involvement itself makes the process lose momentum. So while design is much, much better with involvement somehow the momentum of the process must be sustained.

I also went to the U of M back in the days where you went to school in 'high button shoes' but it was always so cold walking across that huge campus that the only 'involvement' I recall is getting into the classroom quickly to keep from freezing.

I love it when you contribute to your blog. You are a very thoughtful professional and should somehow be teaching 'how to be a real compensation pro' at some WorldatWork 'doing'.

Thank you, Jay! Great point - that involvement is important, but (like everything) you can have too much of a good thing ... which puts project momentum at risk. Yet one more balancing act we must learn to perform, eh?

Yes - winters at the U of M are not for the faint of heart. Gotta learn how to do the old 20-below-dash across campus!

Appreciate the comments!

Slightly off topic, but...
Docs only need to know how to deal with one species.
Vets need to know a whole bunch. None of whom can describe their symptoms.

Excellent article and wonderful comments from all!

Tony's very relevant point about vets who must diagnose relying on body language and using silent hands-on examinations prompted a question: might there be different findings about the synergistic social interactions performed in the virtual world or remotely versus "in person"? Without direct contact in the flesh, one is denied many if not most nonverbal cues and communications often become problematic. Remote involvement is not the same as when you breathe the same air.


I did not mean to leave the impression that I consider veterinary medicine a lesser field - but rather to illustrate my surprise (and ignorance) of the possibilities that collaboration between vets and docs offers.

Besides which, our family's own vet, who has treated multiple generations of Bares cats and dogs, is one of the ablest, untiring and caring professionals with whom I've ever dealt. Go Dr. H!


Interesting take-off on Tony's point. Indeed, there are few if any substitutes for live 3D interaction!

Thanks for the comments!


Once again great.

A few years ago I read a book called The Medici Effect that discussed how this type of collaborative experience has been used for centuries to create great leaps in innovation. (http://www.amazon.com/The-Medici-Effect-Elephants-Innovation/dp/1422102823)

It is a fascinating read and adds even more weight to your "lesson."

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