How to create more productive, collaborative relationships – even with those you can’t stand! (Episode 230)

With Dr. Deb Mashek
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Title: “How to create more productive, collaborative relationships at work and at home” 

Episode 230

Guest: Dr. Deb Mashek, author “Collabor(h)ate: How to build incredible collaborative relationships at work, even if you’d rather work alone”


Collaboration is a good thing, right? So why is it so difficult to collaborate, especially with those who have a different point of view, or just rub us the wrong way? If we’re honest, it can be very hard to navigate those differences, and to do so in a way that yields the most constructive and potentially innovative results, while at the same time maintaining some semblance of a personal relationship. This challenge lies at the heart of what it often means to build and sustain influence in our lives and careers. So what can you do when you’re forced to collaborate with someone you simply cannot stand? What then? That’s the topic of this week’s conversation. 


Dr. Deb Mashek joins me to discuss her work and her newly released book ““Collabor(h)ate: How to build incredible collaborative relationships at work, even if you’d rather work alone.” Named one of the top 35 women in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Deb’s is an experienced business advisor, professor, higher education administrator and national nonprofit executive, having served as the first Executive Director of the Heterodox Academy. 

She is also the founder of Myco Consulting, LLC where she “helps businesses navigate the relationship headwinds that tank timelines, bottom lines, and well-being.” Deb applies “relationship theory to understand and improve how individuals relate to others and to help people achieve together that which cannot be achieved alone.” 


Why we need collaboration and the value it brings to projects and teams. 

Why we aren’t better at collaborating, why the problem is getting worse, and what we can do to develop these skills. 

Why avoiding conflict is actually one of the worst things we can do.  

How to rebuild a relationship where trust and credibility have been lost. 

How Deb’s childhood informed her passion for collaboration and her career journey. 


Whether you are collaborating in the workplace, in your own business, at home, at school or maybe all of the above, Deb’s tips and perspective can help make these interactions less painful and ultimately much more productive. 

Deb gives us so much to think about related to how we approach collaboration, and she shares some important ways we can draw out the most creative, innovative thinking from diverse groups.  

There is so much great advice and perspective in this episode, and I’m excited to hear your feedback. Are there any adjustments you might make in tackling your own challenging collaborations? Please be sure to let me know. I’d love to hear!  You can reach me via the link in the show notes which you’ll find at (click on Episode 230), or email us directly:

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Deb’s book: “Collabor(h)ate: How to build incredible collaborative relationships at work, even if you’d rather work alone”

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