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Teamwork or flying solo?

flying soloMost people prefer working in teams, rather than alone. Still, if you ask them, some might prefer to work alone sometimes (i.e. when they have to focus on something urgent and they think that team work would slow them down). Others would rather work from home a few days per week – so, no team work there. But the vast majority would seriously dislike doing this five days a week. There are of course pros and cons to every situation. Here are some of the arguments in favor of:

1. Working solo:

  • No one disagrees with you. Therefore, you avoid all arguments connected with team work.
  • You can take all the credit for your work.
  • Use your own working methods, without having to adapt or combine with the methods used by others.
  • You’re free to make all the decisions, without consulting the team leadership.

2. Working in a team

  • Spread the workload and team training.
  • Share ideas/bounce ideas off each other.
  • Share the responsibility and assign the team roles.
  • Make work a social activity.
  • Share expertise and learn from others.
  • Effective teamwork can lead to more input, more ideas, more room for innovation.

Henry Ford said “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”. We agree! It’s true; each scenario has its pros and cons. But overall, people are designed to be sociable. Working in teams, collaborating with your peers drives better morale and more enthusiasm. Team activities, interacting and collaborating with our colleagues allows us to bounce ideas off each other, learn, innovate and grow, at a personal and professional level.

Moreover, we seem to be more careful not to make mistakes and be more efficient when we are working as a team, knowing other people are watching. Team work seems a bit scary when I put it this way. But in the end this is what pushes us to improve and do better, for effective teamwork. The competitive spirit doesn’t hurt either; in fact this is a principle of high performance teams.

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