I recently read an article from Harvard Business Review that said the happiest people are those working collaboratively on difficult issues. People with less of a stake in their work, says the author, tune out, turn off or think of leaving their position.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter speaks about the passion of social entrepreneurs launching conversation projects or bringing music to disadvantaged youth. What got me excited was to read that she sees the same happiness factor in business teams that are working together to create a new initiative they believe in.
What I've noticed is that while launching creatively into new ways of working together may not always be smooth sailing, once you get through the rougher waters, the joy of co-creating something new does take over. What is possible on the other side of conflict is worth moving towards. When we do that together, it is all the more fun.