There’s that often dreaded word: teamwork. You say it to a roomful of employees and not many get a look of excitement. Let’s be honest, our experience of teamwork has been from high school or college when we somehow got paired with the exact opposite personality from ours. Or worse yet, getting paired with an indifferent partner. There is certainly no motivating indifference in this context.
But teamwork doesn’t have to be a bad word. There is an exceptional brilliance that teamwork can bring to uniting and strengthening a group of people. At first it can be messy and uncomfortable, but the more an individual is challenged to work with someone that is their polar opposite, the more that person can grow and stretch into becoming a better listener and perhaps realize they don’t posses the best solution to the problem. It is a humbling experience to accept that someone else has a better idea than yours. An even bigger challenge is for that person to say so out loud.
That’s not to say individuality is to be scorned just that there is a balance between being a part of a team and having an individual talent. Both are to be valued and utilized to not only make the best possible work environment but to mature the individual and their talent.