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Co-elevate, find brilliance together

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

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Collaboration is bringing together a group of people to work towards a common goal.

But have you heard of co-elevation?

It takes collaboration to the next level by committing to each other's success, learning, and development.

Keith Ferrazzi's book "Leading Without Authority" does an excellent job of exploring the concept of co-elevation and its effectiveness in building strong teams.

The book explores co-elevation and provides practical strategies and tools for individuals to lead and influence others, regardless of their formal title or position in an organisation

This week's tweak is inspired by this concept.

A Better Work Tweak - Co-elevate your colleagues, seek moments of brilliance

Here's a simple practice for you to do:

  • Seek out moments of brilliance in the people around you

  • Think about why it was brilliant. What was the specific input of your colleague that was brilliant? Jot down some notes so that you are really clear.

  • Take the time to feedback and elevate your colleague. Be really specific about their contribution, why it made a difference, what the impact was, and how it made you feel.

Not only will you build their confidence, and make them feel good, but you’re also helping them build a book of evidence of when they are at their best. So that over time they can better understand their strengths to build on.

For example, if a colleague delivers a stellar presentation, take a moment to acknowledge their achievement and provide specific feedback on what you liked.

A Tweak to make it even better

Think more broadly about what it was that was brilliant. It can be really tough to articulate in specific terms. Use the following prompts to help your thinking.

  • Did the person motivate others, include them, see the good in them, and develop them?

  • Were they proactive in anticipating problems before they occurred or making quick and well-thought-out decisions,

  • Did they consider multiple options and backup plans? Were they action-oriented, driven by a competitive spirit, or intensely focused?

  • Did they possess an abundance of ideas and creativity?

By engaging in co-elevation, we're not only fostering a culture of teamwork and mutual support but also enhancing our own professional growth and development. It's a win-win for everyone involved. So why not give it a try? With a little effort and commitment, co-elevation can become a habitual practice that benefits the entire team.

Michelle Wallace


A Better Work


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