Brilliance or team work?

Thomas Alva Edison had experimented about 1000 times before he could successfully make a light bulb. According to him, he did not fail, but only found out 999 ways of not making a light bulb!

He is just one of the many brilliant scientists who made their indelible mark. Be it Albert Einstein or Marie Curie – they all had one thing in common – they worked alone. And they produce the most brilliant results!

But that is not how companies run. A company’s aim is to survive and grow. Its aim is to serve its clients as best as it can. They have deliverables. And it requires the expertise of a whole bunch of people, working in tandem, to achieve the desired levels of excellence.

Why can’t you work alone?

Working in a team increases your efficiency
Team work goes a long way when you have big projects in hand. Doing everything yourself can have two effects, and both of them not good – you’ll not be able to finish the project on time, there’ll be an extra load on you, and as handling every aspect is not your strength, some parts may end up not being up to the mark. Hence, it would be wise to let other people handle various aspects which their expertise lies in. After all, it is about getting the work done on time, and not who gets the credit!

Improved relations
People for healthy relationships when they can depend on each other. When people work together, it gives them a chance to bond, to form relations that last. They also feel valued when their work is successful and appreciated. And since each member’s contribution is required, it leads to the generation of trust.

Play your strengths
Every project has parts. And one cannot be expected to be a pro at all. There would be a couple of aspects you would excel at, while you might have a general knowledge of a few. Similarly, your teammates might have the knowledge you lack. This is where you build a symbiotic relationship – each playing his/her strength.

A company does not want people who are the best, as that is usually accompanied with narcissism, a superiority complex, and a holier-than-thou attitude. It wants people who are ready to work with others, are ready to learn, and are not under the impression that they are always right.

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