Growing together – The Importance of Team Work
How good are you, when it comes to team-work? Do you understand the importance andsynergy of team-work? To my knowledge, “We Indians” are very bad players of team-work.Each member of the team wants to hog the lime-light, wants to take the credit for the “Success” of the team and “Love to Blame” his team-member for the failure of his team. Beit any team; as small as a team of two members or as big as a team of fifteen members, wehave always failed as a team. Hard to digest but this is a fact. Some of the factors ourfailures as a team are:1)Personal Ego (Larger than life ego)2)Its only “me” and no one else3) Lack of knowledge (Subject Matter Expertise), Confidence and Self-Belief gives riseto self-doubt and “insecurity”.4)They love to “Demand Respect” rather than earning respect.When you have ego, arrogance and insecurity, you tend to block others’ success. You tendto harm them. You tend to play “Political Games” with your own team-members.
Team-work in Corporate World
Now, let me narrow my write-up to “Team-work in Corporate World” and “Team-work withina department”. You cannot do all the work that is expected from you and hence, there is aneed of a team. “Delegating your Work”; Outsourcing; Vendor Management is nothing butsteps towards “Team Work”. We talk about man-hours and man-hands. For example, I as anindividual am capable of doing X work in seven days but along with my team of threepeople; I should be able to complete the task in three days.But it’s not me who has done that work in three days; it’s my TEAM. Many times, knowinglyor unknowingly we harm our own team. In the process of showing others “my control overmy team”, people hurt the team, insult the team and thereby affect the morale and sprit of the team. There is a saying, “Don’t kill the hen laying golden eggs”; but some people dividethe team because they feel insecure. They divide the team. They back-stab their own teammembers; they gossip about one member to another and they insult their team-members infront of others. They do all this because, they don’t have subject matter expertise, and theyare not sure about their position. They don’t have self-confidence and self-belief. They feelthat the only way that they can survive is by using the old tactic of British India, “Divide andRule”. Just like the British rulers of that time, these team-leaders and team-managers areaware that “if I let these people unite, I will not be able to survive. A very bad tactic, isn’tit??