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The concept of collaboration and Consolidation

Exploiting our differences to unify on a common ground

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Originally published by Data Driven Investor on medium

Profiling is one of the innumerable inherent attributes of human nature. It is as much of an unconsciously driven behavior as is voluntary speculation. It is merely aspired to simplify tasks and oftentimes make them efficient, but it conveys its own particular drawbacks. Henceforth, it is my aim to commune the pragmatic, as yet controversial use of the schema of portraying related to profiling within the limited context of unity and collaboration.

One of the major unconscious tools of the human immediate psyche is the notion of unity or consolidation with common belief or cause, something which sounds ordinary and empowering. However, regrettably, what go promising in its literal footing may not be the same at the practical materialization. To cultivate, we postulate to acquaint ourselves with a few crucial denominations that take on a central role in the enactment of profiling and integration.

The notion of Difference and Similarity

Polarity is the single generic and most of the import denominator of all problems in the history of humanity, as it is the catalyst of misfit, conflict and power struggle. It is plainly defined by the product of personal character, element or factor that distinguishes contrasting situations and the state of being indistinguishable; similitude or resemblance at every facet of a person’s life. However, the polarity of human attributes by itself is not the root of problems, but it can and in fact, serves as a catalyst to most of the solutions for daily problems. Nevertheless, carrying the like trait is no least contributor to problems as are our differences.

So — why encourage Unity and consolidation?

The state of a more than one person in an individual unit, as we name it, the unity or the state of consolidation is a modern-day platitude. The thought of establishing a common ground where most of us bear and dissent is appealing. Considering the number, credibility and the quality of its members consolidated efforts convey significant weight, but they must pursue a fixed delegation approved and coordinated by the leadership. Creating a United figurehead is comparatively an old phenomenon, but with variation, is subject to the indefinite denominators and factors. To unify people, one needs to clearly define the similarities among its members and wield those traits to delineate the commission. For instance, if five multitudes conceive the saving X will improve Y by implementing z, then they have a common ground to work as a single unit, but if one of the members thought there may be an alternate option “A”, then the majority decisiveness will potentially override the latter option, unless there is enough power of logical thinking behind selection A that is weighty enough to persuade the team.

What about collaboration?

Collaboration is the state of two or more people working jointly to accomplish the same objective. In contrast to being cooperative, here every partner freely contributes to the process by practically following their own set of visions and missions with small or no collective authority on others. For instance; there is a demand to improve Y and three people furnish A, Z and X services respectively. Indeed, we can appreciate hereby collaborative efforts; it is unneeded to hold every contributor to the same criterion to attain the obstinate outcome.

Difference between the consolidation and collaboration

Consolidation is convenient and rewarding, especially to those with lesser self-reliance. It is easily manipulated, stringently defined and invites authoritarianism, thus centralized control. Collaboration multifariously is a decentralized undertaking, marginal bureaucracy and requires self-confidence from its individual comrades, therefore is the procedure of independent reasoning with convergence inclination on to the agreed objective differences.

Objective and subjective differences of the individual members of both types of processes are the Influencers of the outcome but suppressed in a consolidated effort, and so liberated in collaborative contribution. As with respect to the law of similarity, solely the selected are enforced by the profile which the constituents share within a consolidation. Indeed, Unification is a definitive prerequisite to populism and its discriminatory observance. On the contrary, since everyone is expected to be of diverse background, being alike is not a prerequisite for collaborative efforts, even so being different and harnessing the power of diversity is one of the strongest features of join, nevertheless independent contribution.

Unifying factors: is it as good as it sounds?

It sounds overwhelmingly powerful and securing to combine. For centuries, the catchword of Unity has been used in political magniloquence by creating a towering monstrosity and banding in concert the multitude against it. Nonetheless, to make it work out and enhance its outcome applicable to the large scale, leaders have also made liberal usage of brainwashing techniques.

Uniting people based on a set of alike identifiers or beliefs resemble a slippery slope, with ultimate destination- fascism, discrimination, and totalitarianism. At the moderate scale of the spectrum, I refer to it as “profiled liberty”. The consolidation chooses shared mission over individual liberty.

The conception of profiling

The process of extrapolating information about a person with known traits or tendencies, specifically the act of targeting a person with observed characteristics or conduct or racial determinants is universal to every person. We unconsciously make the inclination to observe our common traits with others and at the same time recognize the differentiating factors between us all. Nevertheless, the majority among us are consciously able to forbid the prejudiced outcome of acting against incorporating those factors through learned ethical motive and norms.

Populism and consolidation

The political usefulness of unity is a sample of an overture that strives to appeal to the mass of ordinary people with common interests who feel their concerns are disregarded by the established group of elites. Populist ideology thrives on the concept of uniting the front groundwork on the wishes of the popular group. Not infrequently fails by disregarding the basic rationale required for solving the original problem. Populist delegation is directed en route-target area established by a few at the top of the political ladder. Backing for redistribution of wealth as a way of funding quality of life for the average or low income is one such example, despite appreciating redistribution of wealth is a short term solution, if at all and would eventually slow down the economy and limit opportunity; likewise, coalition of the people to volunteer for a war across the world with no clear objective.

Buzzwords of unity, power, success, equality

Few of the most attractive words are united, power, success, and equality. These are fury words that have occupied the center stage in today’s public media. If you ever wonder why it is so, then, the shutters answer is plausible- because few use the notion “words are cheap”. As appealing as they can be the Buzzwords of consolidation are not always liberators of the person by harnessing collective actions, but the expression of exploiting collective agenda by liberating action of one group with one common agenda.

“Bird of a feather fly together” is a typical exemplar of how unification works but is there such a concept?

Of course, it would only be truthful, if we ignored all the other attributes of a bird as if two white doves are most compatible, then if their progeny is born with a black spot, their unity must be considered obsolete!. However, it is a strong tool, more so, convenient. Because the unconscious human mind seems to work in the same way as it does for the dove.

What is the drawback of unity, consolidation?

Forming a united front is an exceedingly powerful instrument. It serves the mission well as long as the path to reach the point of resolution is set ahead of time and road to reach their laid legato. For the most part, requires its individual member’s commitment to put aside their personal prerogatives and unconditionally accept the rules of engagement set by the front leader. Consolidation strategy is inflexible unless revisited by the leaders of the particular forum. With the virtue of its rigid nature a union, although maybe created democratically, but by no means functions that way, as the process of the referendum within its framework is usually destined to be bureaucratic or even corrupt, more so if the organization grows over a certain size. Consolidation also resembles a big target. For its singularity and size, it is the practical and convenient target for the competitors, unless they commune of the organization grows fast and gains enough momentum to maintain competitiveness. Hence, Commonwealth is nothing less than a large easy target even at times may be shielded by its size.

What makes collaboration hard?

Collaboration is the way to make use of every talent that a person brings to the table of limitless capability without jeopardizing the interests of the other players. It is efficient, productive, yet even more powerful than oneness. Nevertheless, to succeed requires individual commitment, respect, and transparency to the missions and others.

In collaborative teamwork, transparency is a must and accountability is the virtues. The self-discipline of the collaborators may sound straightforward; however, it is an undertaking hardly achieved by everyone. Some may start with the intention of a collaborative effort to work, but they eventually swivel by falling back on consolidated mechanisms.

“Why empower a group of people collectively, when we can empower every individual. Consolidation is just another single but a bigger target”-- Adam Tabriz, MD

Collaboration is a self-oriented mission towards a common goal, where consolidation is a task-oriented theoretically serving the same purpose. They are two phenomena with presumable objectives influenced by entirely different subjective criteria. What separates the two through the process may be hairsplitting thin at the start, but the outcomes at the ending are potentially divergent. Under the same principle smaller the consolidated group will potentially rescue a comparable outcome to the one delivered through collaboration, but and so may be more vulnerable as it reaches viability in line with the objectives of its competitors.

Fascism vs realism

As mentioned in the beginning unifying factors of consolidation are the common trait between its constituents. Such a scheme has little or no regard on the individual talent, skill or passion, especially if they don’t correspond in the preordained course of action decided within the leadership of the organization. With regards to consolidation, it is merely the popular or authoritative sentiment that makes it an autocratic in nature. So if we are to swap fascism to realism, then we can let loose the individual talent and productiveness. By bringing out the existent values of the individual contributors’ system will serve exponentially to empower and hold efficient.

Consolidation is one big well-defined target, as it thrives on a single vision and mission of its leaders. It is easier to be undermined- ultimately for alliance sake size does matter, but also invites corruptness and deviation. Even so, collaborations are guided towards a common goal, their missions and Visions may differ completely, which renders it less vulnerable from the numerosity of the target. In other words, its decentralized structure is indeed its inherent strength.

Power of individual

Individual’s deliverables funneled through an independent channel convey more power than funneling selected deliverable from each member within the group selected through profiling.

So why take the course of unity over collaboration?

Because it is:

Convenient- it is merely easier to form the team and keep it intact.

Less costly- Profiling is an efficient instrument to reduce costs at the expense of minority interest and traits that do not fall within the immediate class of interests of that particular delegacy.

Easily manipulated- for those who are familiar with the organizational structure of societies, unions and boards would accord that it has always been a universal vogue for unification to work perfectly at the outset and fall apart by corruption and bureaucracy as they grow. This course represents the vulnerability of those systems to the authoritative pivotal manipulation by the hands of few with alternate interest.

The target of Biased Leadership — thus, the Leadership role is extremely important because it is much easier to deviate from the standard norms.

Discriminatory- consolidation is not liberating to its independent individual members. It solely rewards the ones who are willing to bear the common cause while giving away other rights.

Rhetorically susceptible- Swayed by the power of targeted marketing and entitlement for pre-glamorized traits; consolidation is easily diverted by the common conscious interests.

Profiling is the strongest tool of breaking a competition because it weakens them by virtue of dismantling the unique individual traits

Prerequisite to corporatism and bureaucracy- in order to survive and succeed consolidation needs to gain as many supporters in an as shorter time as possible, giving the corporatism a way to go.

The positivity of being different

The fundamental driving factor thus differential of collaborative over consolidated efforts is solely originated from emphasizing on similarities over differences. It is the common ornateness to connect people for what they hold in common, but the same people dismiss the value of differences that makes every soul unique. It will harness the diversity of the individuals to efficiently contain the challenges will moreover comprise the unleashing of corporatism. Different talents brought to the table on individuals term is the biggest unifier of the constituents than their similarities.

Harnessing the decentralized independent collaboration of individual has more collaborative power than the efforts of the constituents of the centralized system as a single unit. So, maybe it is time to get out of the dark side of rhetoric and pursue the bright facet of realism.

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