Collaboration is an idea you care about, and value.
You know it’s important, and you know it’s something you should be doing. But (until now!) your partnerships and collaborative work was probably haphazard and left up to chance.
When an opportunity came up you probably jumped into it because, well, why not? Maybe you got started too quickly, and realized later the work was going in a direction that didn't serve you. Maybe you agreed to work with someone when it wasn't quite the right fit.
The project most likely ended in frustration, ended up being completely ineffective, or was generally a waste of everyone’s time...
But when you approach collaboration with a plan it can be different: