Of all the species of animals and plants that occupy our world, it’s undoubtedly the human race that dominates the continents, the oceans and beyond. It's not our physical strength – a simple contest between a gorilla and a worlds strongest person will demonstrate this point – yet for some reason we have the ability to push these creatures to the verge of extinction and set the rules for the existence of life. Some will argue that it's our incredible knack for thinking and rationalisation that causes us to be capable of such vast knowledge, technological discoveries and innovations. However, none of this would be possible without one key factor: cooperation, a process that encompasses communication, joint efforts and a sense of communal togetherness to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
When people cooperate, they can often achieve more than going it alone by combining ideas, supporting each other and making a commitment to get the job done. Every individual has something to offer and can contribute to the other’s success; not working with the right people however, can have the complete opposite effect. One thing is for sure, without cooperation, it is quite possible that the human race would not have evolved to high society that we are today, regardless of our individual intellects and abilities.
The future of any success is determined on how well a person is able to get along with others. Getting ahead in life doesn't just involve learning new things and becoming an expert, working hard or being the best. While the familiar saying, "It's not what you know but who you know" might be accurate sometimes, it would be even more precise if it was followed by, “...and they liked you”! When you get along with people, others are far more willing to do more for you, to go out of their way for you and to recommend you to others.
Here are some keynotes from a recent presentation on the subject. Hope you like it!!!