I am in Cambodia this week, working on collaboration. I was invited only last week, to work with a co-facilitator I hadn't met, for a client I don't know in a field I am completely ignorant of (disaster relief management). It has been fascinating. In particular what I am noticing is how the way the invitation was made demonstrated an open-ness, a willingness to let go that made it almost impossible for me not to accept.
Many people might have worried that making a last minute invitation would come across as disorganised. But on the receiving end, it felt incredibly confident and positive and that inspired me to think that this would be something worth doing. So the way I was asked was itself a great example of how to inspire collaboration, the theme of the workshop.