I have been in on numerous meeting that have resulted in, “I told you so” moments. One meeting in particular? It wasn’t actually said out loud but it was felt by all in the room. Being a part of a team can be a wonderful, exhilarating, delightful, excruciating, debilitating, and/or harrowing experience. Navigating the roads to a successful partnership can be dangerous and filled with trepidation that must often be cajoled with tenacity. But without the stubbornness that must be honed as business partners/owners, we may become nothing more than corporate doormats; laid out for all to wipe their feet on.
Knowing when to utilize strength in the office or on a team is a difficult line to walk. Too much and you run the risk of ostracizing yourself from the rest of the team, not enough and yep, wipe your feet here. Attaining sufficient self-confidence will enlist some of the gumption required but also, acting on your knowledge and experience may be the right prescription. Sometimes, we fear that we will be wrong or that our own personal assessment of the situation is inaccurate or the dread of ridicule may cause inaction when we know the right course of action.
Reminiscent of the old, “whole is greater than the sum of the parts…,” But is the whole greater? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to state that the whole is equal to the sum? and vice versa? For without one, you cannot have the other. This isn’t to say that good teamwork is always hunky-dory, for friction is what creates the fire. Why come together at all? To solve a problem or complete a task. There are times when it cannot be done efficiently or sufficiently enough individually. Teams fail when members refuse to take advantage of or even recognize each other’s strengths. One team member may be excellent at providing feedback, another may know the required tech inside and out, and still another may be an organizer and able to quickly identify the right strategy with which to proceed. When each member is strong in their particular arena, it may be difficult to ascertain who the leader it. One may develop merely by default. Some leaders are born in the middle of the project, without much effort or contemplation, they simply emerge.
“None of us is as smart as all of us.” ~Ken Blanchard
“Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.” ~Stephen Covey
Rayanne Thorn, @ray_anne is the Marketing Director for the online recruiting software company, Broadbean Technology. She is also a proud mother of four residing in Laguna Beach, California, and a contributor for Blogging4Jobs. Connect with her on LinkedIn.