It's no secret that there is tremendous value in collaborating, whether it be in the workplace, on an athletic field, or in a relationship. Working together can often produce far greater results than might be obtained by working independently. Research on the topic of collaboration supports the encouragement of teamwork. Not surprisingly, while my experience as a student in the 60's and 70's was one of producing one's own work, most American classrooms today reveal a high level of group work.
Occasionally, when two talented individuals are asked to collaborate on a project, egos get in the way, making it difficult, if not totally impossible, for the project to be completed successfully. When those individuals are able to put their egos aside and work for the common good, the outcome can be magical.
Such was the case when two female vocalists, Cindi Lauper and Sara Barreilles, teamed-up to create a motivational music video for children battling cancer. Each had a hit song. The idea to merge these two popular tunes was pure genius, surpassed only by the pure genius of actually accomplishing the task.
I invite you to take a few moments of your day to watch three brief music videos. Click on the titles to begin. The first is Cindi Lauper singing True Colors. The second is Sara Barreilles singing Brave. Then, I'm confident you will appreciate both the effort and the outcome of their touching song Truly Brave. I apologize for any advertising which may pop up during the videos.
I am tremendously grateful for the vision, time, talent, and effort these two women devoted to this motivational music video. I can only imagine the positive difference it has made in the lives of countless children.