I really enjoy a good children’s book – Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, anything by Gordon Korman – all great stories with lessons for everyone, not just kids.
Recently I read The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. It’s incredibly well done. It’s laugh out loud funny, scary, suspenseful, sad, creative, intellectually challenging, and much more. The common theme of teamwork weaves its way throughout. The message is that everyone is different. Everyone has different skills, different ways of learning, different ways of solving problems, different ways of contributing. But together, a diverse group can be much greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve become increasingly more convinced of the same – that we must feed our strengths and minimize our weaknesses. If we can manage that and join with others that complement us, we have the makings of a great team.
Joe and Wanda, your thoughts?
Joe Kerr: I do most everything well, so it’s tough for me to relate. I do know one thing for sure, there’s no “I” in team… of course, when you scramble the letters a bit, there is a “me.” Great teams start with great leaders!
Wanda B. Goode: I tend to agree about focusing on improving strengths versus spending a lot of time on weaknesses. I do think care must be taken to avoid extremes. For example, some say that they should not have to create a status report, because they are “technical.” I’d argue that there are some very basic skills that are necessary and should be developed if they are inadequate. You wouldn’t necessarily make the techie the editor of the company newsletter, but s/he should be expected to be able to string a few coherent sentences together. There is also a balance that needs to be struck between encouraging someone to stretch versus pigeonholing them.
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