Creative Leadership: Art by committee versus art by collaboration

Art by committee comes out rather ugly, but art by collaboration shines. One of the biggest frustrations in any creative endeavor is dealing with the committee-driven process. This is not the same as collaboration. It’s one thing to sit in a group that nitpicks rather than team together to create. Let me contrast the two. Committee vs. Collaboration

  • policy / results
  • opinions / ownership
  • tinkering / crafting
  • power / process
  • beige / colorful
  • safe / risky
  • boring / fun
  • defused /  potent
  • status quo / fluid

Let me know what you think about the differences here. Are these true to your experience?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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  1. Rich, I love this idea and I think the examples are great.
    God has been teaching me about this recently. Not that I didn’t have head knowledge of this already, but i’m learning that I can’t do it all on my own. It’s even better when you learn how to not do it all on your own and build a team of people. Maybe a team of “collaborators” is a better term.

    I think it makes perfect sense, and it fits in with how God designed us too. I think God designed us for community, and that design/need should spill over into every aspect of our lives. So in the case of Creative Leadership, God wants us to team up for success and creativity.

    It’s kind of lonely to celebrate the win alone don’t you think?

  2. Rich, I love this idea and I think the examples are great.
    God has been teaching me about this recently. Not that I didn’t have head knowledge of this already, but i’m learning that I can’t do it all on my own. It’s even better when you learn how to not do it all on your own and build a team of people. Maybe a team of “collaborators” is a better term.
    I think it makes perfect sense, and it fits in with how God designed us too. I think God designed us for community, and that design/need should spill over into every aspect of our lives. So in the case of Creative Leadership, God wants us to team up for success and creativity.
    It’s kind of lonely to celebrate the win alone don’t you think?

  3. Rich, I love this idea and I think the examples are great.
    God has been teaching me about this recently. Not that I didn’t have head knowledge of this already, but i’m learning that I can’t do it all on my own. It’s even better when you learn how to not do it all on your own and build a team of people. Maybe a team of “collaborators” is a better term.

    I think it makes perfect sense, and it fits in with how God designed us too. I think God designed us for community, and that design/need should spill over into every aspect of our lives. So in the case of Creative Leadership, God wants us to team up for success and creativity.

    It’s kind of lonely to celebrate the win alone don’t you think?

  4. Rich, I love this idea and I think the examples are great.
    God has been teaching me about this recently. Not that I didn’t have head knowledge of this already, but i’m learning that I can’t do it all on my own. It’s even better when you learn how to not do it all on your own and build a team of people. Maybe a team of “collaborators” is a better term.

    I think it makes perfect sense, and it fits in with how God designed us too. I think God designed us for community, and that design/need should spill over into every aspect of our lives. So in the case of Creative Leadership, God wants us to team up for success and creativity.

    It’s kind of lonely to celebrate the win alone don’t you think?

  5. Rich, I love this idea and I think the examples are great.
    God has been teaching me about this recently. Not that I didn’t have head knowledge of this already, but i’m learning that I can’t do it all on my own. It’s even better when you learn how to not do it all on your own and build a team of people. Maybe a team of “collaborators” is a better term.

    I think it makes perfect sense, and it fits in with how God designed us too. I think God designed us for community, and that design/need should spill over into every aspect of our lives. So in the case of Creative Leadership, God wants us to team up for success and creativity.

    It’s kind of lonely to celebrate the win alone don’t you think?

    1. absolutely!
      and based on your first comment..

      Corporation/Community ?

  6. I just thought of this:
    Control/Co-Laboring
    Eh?

    1. absolutely!
      and based on your first comment..
      Corporation/Community ?

    1. absolutely!
      and based on your first comment..

      Corporation/Community ?

    1. absolutely!
      and based on your first comment..

      Corporation/Community ?

    1. absolutely!
      and based on your first comment..

      Corporation/Community ?

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