From Guest Blogger – Audrey Wong Chung
“Witnessing the latest stalemate in the discussions around our nation’s budget inspired me to remember times as an international business woman when I’ve been in a situation where I had to collaborate with one or more parties where the ability to come to a common ground seemed near impossible. What I learned in those situations is called ‘Compassionate Collaboration’,” says Audrey Wong Chung, the founder of Beliza Design and an international business powerhouse.
“Following are 6 easy tips I have found very helpful in rallying stakeholders in a collaborative effort to avoid a stalemate:”
- Define the common goal. What are you trying to accomplish as a group? It’s more difficult to argue the “highest good” goal than it is the detailed activities and tasks proposed to achieve the goal. Having the goal clearly defined is a great way to bring the collaborative efforts back to focus.
- Take initiative. Be brave. Share authentically your thoughts. Some of the best and innovative ideas and inventions were shots in the dark.
- Be compassionate and respectful when providing feedback on each party’s ideas and thoughts. Don’t just throw out an idea if it seems foreign or far-fetched to you. Respect the new ideas. Out of these new ideas, evolution often occurs.
- Listen with your heart. Try to understand the intent or rationale behind statements. Don’t listen only with your brain and analyze the grammar and semantics; this is especially helpful when dealing with parties from different backgrounds and cultures. Remember, don’t get lost in the weeds.
- Above all, remember that you are all together to work toward a common goal. You are all human beings and the underlying motive is to do the best thing for the group. Understanding that will lessen the chance of fear-based reactions such as judgment, ridicule, and anger.
About Audrey Wong Chung: Audrey Wong Chung is the founder and CEO of Beliza Design and an international business powerhouse. Audrey owns a portfolio of international companies that manufacture and sell fashion and luxury goods to the mass market. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology, Audrey began her career as a management consultant at Accenture. After ten years of experience in managing consulting, process and systems design, development, implementation, and change management experience, Audrey decided to take a turn in her career pathway. As a child actress, she worked with many well known Hollywood stars, including Bill Cosby, who specifically asked her back to the Cosby show more than once, recognizing something special in this child. Audrey was a child artist recipient of an art study scholarship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she went on to combine her business experience and appreciation of art and design. Thus, she founded Beliza Design, an international design and fashion company, based in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2008. Complimenting her success with Beliza Design, Audrey went on to begin the AFA Foundation, dedicated to promoting the overall health of women and children, and freedom. Audrey can be contacted directly at: email@example.com.