An odd thing has happened to me today. I’m contemplating starting something really big. But just the size of the project overwhelms me and makes me want to run screaming into a dark sanctuary where I could perhaps start doing something safe and small like taking in typing work (the way women used to ‘take in sewing’)…
But then teamwork raised its Hydra head.
During this day, two different women popped into my office on different missions, and each contributed something large to what I was doing. One improved the drawing, the other encouraged my flagging spirits.
While browsing through Skillpages, I found a link: Where Good Ideas Come From, by Steven Johnson, dealing with the power of interconnections and teamwork, of working with and ‘off’ other people and how Facebook can be a very valuable thing in the direction of bring along and bringing about the Big Idea. Have a look at it – pure genius.
Then, an email arrived from a cartoonist I admire, Hugh McLeod of GapingVoid Art, and to whose blog I subscribe. It included this cartoon, stating ‘All creation is co-creation.‘ The last sentence reads: So, when looking for true innovation remember that whatever you may have developed working alone, it could be made much richer by working with others. Sounds like teamwork to me…
Then finally to really rub it in – (I know, I know – by now it’s the magic of 5 and not 3) I get this in my mail as well – ‘How to work on projects as a team.’, by Lauren Gray. All this is stuff I don’t like to hear, though. I like teamwork if the rest of the people are at somewhat of a distance. I used to work very happily in ad agencies etc as long as the office politics were kept to a furtive whisper. But even more, I’ve enjoyed working alone. Until now, when it’s been brought very sharply to my attention that other people can be a huge help and maybe – a lot of fun.
I shall cautiously investigate a few options. Maybe teamwork can begin to acquire a positive tinge.