Why Teamwork Is NOT For Everybody

by amuro
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You might have heard this saying -

If you want to go fast, you go alone.
But if you want to go far, we go together.


Now at first glance, this saying may seem logical, perfect and reasonable.

But the way I see, there are pros and cons of working alone and working with people.

Working alone is very lonely yes but you have the time, freedom and flexibility.

While working with people provides you company, you may not always have the time, freedom and flexibility.

As much as I understand the importance of socializing and working with people, there are 2 TYPES of people I want to avoid at all costs.

1. People who are negative which requires no further explanation since most of you know by common sense AND

2. People who are manipulative. In fact they are far worse than negative people from my view and experience. On the surface, they appear friendly and even expressed their interest to be the same as you and want to work with you.

But ultimately their goal is to suck all your money and do the same to others.

And once they achieved their goals, that is when you see their true colors.

In the very first Iron Man movie shown here 10 years ago exactly, Tony Starks and his business partner - played by Jeff Bridges - shared the same interests and goals.

But after Tony was imprisoned by terrorists, he began to realize that making money is not everything but giving value to others as well.

Problem is Jeff Bridges do not think that way. Neither does he believe the saying READY, FIRE and AIM which is popular among most entrepreneurs.

He is more of venture capitalist who believes in leveraging on others on the surface.

But actually wanting to profit from everyone at all costs on the inside.

Eventually he becomes the nemesis and ultimate villian for Tony Starks aka Iron Man.

Why am I saying all these?

Because while it is good to work with people, it is better to work with the RIGHT people.

As in those sharing your interests, goals and values.

#teamwork
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I spent years groupthinking in IT software development teams.


    I've made much better products by working on my own.


    It's just difficult to scale ideas without some additional resources.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Manu
    If you want to go big scale but you don't like to work in a team you can delegate or outsource things that are too difficult. I can understand not wanting to work in a team, as I prefer (mostly) to do things by myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Why am I saying all these?
    I wondered the same thing

    I'm a loner - always have been. I can interact in groups just fine but I don't like the pressure of expectations from people.

    The 'teamwork' aspect has worked for me only when every member of the team has a specialty area and we are bringing the specialties together to form a product or program.

    If a team is 'all ideas' and 'no expertise' - it's too much like a committee meeting to me....and i don't do committees.
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      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      I wondered the same thing

      I'm a loner - always have been. I can interact in groups just fine but I don't like the pressure of expectations from people.

      The 'teamwork' aspect has worked for me only when every member of the team has a specialty area and we are bringing the specialties together to form a product or program.

      If a team is 'all ideas' and 'no expertise' - it's too much like a committee meeting to me....and i don't do committees.

      Same. Many a time I was hired as a problem and solution specialists. Many a manager pointed out that past appointed committees could not provide a solution. Many a time pointed out that was 'why' the problem existed in the first place.
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    Hi Amuro,

    I love working solo and surrounding myself with like-minded team mates too

    Do you; then make a gazillion friends. A gazillion friends make your life easier. Learned this with my blog.
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    10 years ago after my mother died I was cleaning out her house and came upon my old Elementary school report cards. For first grade, they were satisfactory, unsatisfactory, satisfactory+, etc.

    Mine were all satisfactory or + and that made me feel pretty good. On the back of the card was an "Additional comments" area. My teacher Mrs. Norgren had scrawled "Does not play well with others."

    Maybe that's because "others" have a problem with losing.

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    I'm at my best, I'm where I belong: alone
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      10 years ago after my mother died I was cleaning out her house and came upon my old Elementary school report cards. For first grade, they were satisfactory, unsatisfactory, satisfactory+, etc.

      Mine were all satisfactory or + and that made me feel pretty good. On the back of the card was an "Additional comments" area. My teacher Mrs. Norgren had scrawled "Does not play well with others."

      Maybe that's because "others" have a problem with losing.

      Brent

      There is an old story about Bill Gates before Microsoft came to light. He hired a famous programmer to privately coach him and two others. Basically, the programmer told everyone something could not be done and demonstrated why on a whiteboard. Halfway through the demonstration, Bill interrupted and demonstrated it could be done. Long story short, the programmer was dismissed and Microsoft came to light.
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    Brent -


    Brought back memories - I had a teacher say much the same about my younger son. He seldom 'went along with what others want to do at recess' - instead, he 'goes off and does what he wants to do.'


    I asked if he played along - 'no, the others usually go along with what he wants". In other words, he was a 'leader' - then, and now. Can't have that, can we? He never cared if others 'followed' him - maybe that's why they did...
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      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      Brent -


      Brought back memories - I had a teacher say much the same about my younger son. He seldom 'went along with what others want to do at recess' - instead, he 'goes off and does what he wants to do.'


      I asked if he played along - 'no, the others usually go along with what he wants". In other words, he was a 'leader' - then, and now. Can't have that, can we? He never cared if others 'followed' him - maybe that's why they did...

      Goes to show that You Raise Good Stock. Mean that is a good thing.
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    It always seems easier working with someone else but it can be much more difficult than you expect.

    I've done this before and sometimes it ends well, others it doesn't. I can tell you when it doesn't end well, it sucks.

    My only advice if you choose to go the partner route is make sure there are clear expectations from both sides clearly documented and make sure the communication is good and happens often.

    Don't be afraid to go it alone.
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  • It is True sometimes when we think of the word TEAM we do think of the Movie Magnificent 7. Possible Casualties involved.

    But if we really want that elusive "Freedom Lifestyle" it comes with a little trust in other individuals to handle alot of the load. Scary thought I know ha.

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  • Teams are consolidatory, not expansive.

    You want anythin' smart happnin' on yr ass, go seek speculative rockets.
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  • Go solo if you can't find like minded people. Work as team when you find like minded people. Its true, with team work you go far as well as fast.
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  • I think it depends on the people you're working with. You can't force people who don't have the same goals. You can't force people who don't want to try to get along. But if you're with a group of people who want to achieve their goals and motivate each other to excel, there's nothing you can't do with the right team.
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