Shorts: The Freak Factory on Teamwork

We so often forget where the real power of teamwork can be found. David Rendall, in his Changethis manifesto The Freak Factory: Making Employees Better by Helping Them Get Worse, reminds us:

Teamwork doesn’t mean that everybody does the same thing. It means that everyone contributes what they do best

Reminded me of what I wrote in my E-book:

There is the known proverb saying: “there is no ‘I’ in the word ‘Team'”. If you ask me, it is a silly notion because it takes to edge of the most important factor of the team – The teammates themselves. I think that a team is composed of a lot of “I”s. That is what makes it a strong team… A team is made powerful by using the comparative advantage of each team member and making it the team’s advantage.



Are you ready?


Photo by Adam Baker

A few days ago I read a manifesto called: “On the Road from Dreams to Destiny” written by Rickey Minor, the music director of American Idol. It is an interesting manifesto, with fascinating stories about Minor’s experience. One paragraph caught my eye:

I wasn’t ready for the opportunity. It made me consequently ask myself, ‘What do I need to do to be ready?’ It is a question that we need to frequently pose again and again whenever an opportunity to learn and grow presents itself. We need to maintain the willingness to stick our necks out and try something new.

That made me think. How ready are we, as managers and leaders? Honestly ask yourself: if someone will come today and offer me a new way to manage my employees, will I try it? If somebody will present me with a new way to engage with my followers, will I take it? The world is changing all time. The change creates challenges. But it also creates opportunities.  We need to take them, even it means we have to try something new. More importantly, we have to take them, even if it means that sometimes we will fail.