Anxiety Is The Enemy of Collaboration

I have a retreat to lead this weekend. My monthly and daily logs are jammed with tasks related to it: order the supplies; plan the games; design the lessons; collect all the consent forms.

I have five leaders coming on this retreat.


It’s an embarrassment of riches. And yet it took me until yesterday to give any of them anything meaningful to do. How does that happen?

Anxiety is the enemy of collaboration. When I’m worried about getting something done well, about not failing at it, I bury my head in tasks and barely stop to account for the team I’m working with. It’s no good.

Hopefully five days before the retreat is not too little time for my team to feel involved and prepared.

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