Effective Teamwork

As the years go by, I realized that like many people, I feed on small achievements to gain confidence. In order to obtain such achievements, I must first have purposes and objectives. At work, I am blessed to work with a boss who is also purpose driven and have the uncanny ability to read people. It was my boss who discovered my talent and helped me grow it for the past 2 years. I have learned so much working with and for him.

Besides from individual growth, my boss have single-handedly form an effective team. In other words, his leadership skill is the best thus far that I have seen throughout the years working in the corporate world.

Today, I stumbled upon an amazing talk on the TED Youtube Channel. After watching the video, I realized how much my team at work have put into practice the principles discussed by Ms. Heffernan.

In the video Ms. Heffernan mentioned a very good point regarding building trust in a team through time and I am able to relate to that on a personal level. I have recently started playing badminton on a regular basis and during our badminton games, we usually play the doubles games without a permanent partner. I noticed that there are different dynamics whenever I am playing with a different partner. I also noticed that I play better whenever I am paired with a friend whom I have known for more than 20 years. This is because the level of understanding and the ability to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses help greatly in ensuring we are able to face the challenges presented by our opponents.

In an oppressive and unjust environment, we are often forced to be selfish and self-centred in order to ensure our own survivability. Often times I have came across people who are very selfish in sharing their knowledge because they fear of losing their jobs if others can do their jobs. Thus, the Super Chicken syndrome.

I have always wondered the reason behind such behaviour and if it is a good trait to have. Ms. Heffernan hit the nail on the head and was spot on in articulating that it is a behaviour we should avoid if we are seeking to be successful.


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