Can We Cuddle?

Teamwork is such a warm, fuzzy concept; how could we not like the idea? After all, everything is better when we work together and promote togetherness. Right? Well, yes and then again, not always.


We are bombarded with new and proven ideas to enhance, improve, reduce, grow, reshape, replenish and create just about anything. In our personal lives we can readily accept or dismiss these notions. In business however, we tend to view new ideas as part of the masses. Maybe we’re concerned we’ll appear different from the main-stream or the competition. Whatever the reason, in business we are far more likely to implement concepts without consideration of our own unique circumstances. Though teamwork is a profoundly valuable concept, when and how to use it does not abide by the one size fits all approach. It requires some decision making on our part. When it comes to teamwork, are you a leader, an innovator or are you a follower?

4 responses on “Can We Cuddle?

  1. Bill Lippincott says:

    Ahhhh Teamwork. That overused but rarely known quality or well executed form of managing, that groups require to accomplish a goal over time. From my corporate days to now when I help small business or individuals teamwork is sooooo easy to understand but difficult to do a great job at over time. Great thoughts Ed. Bill Lippincott

  2. Provoking question!
    As a solopreneur consultant I find myself working in groups with clients and teamwork is sometimes a must.
    Am I a leader, an innovator or a follower?
    Yes, yes, and yes!
    The very dynamics of teamwork require that I lead, innovate, and follow.
    Ed, do you find that professionals find themselves stuck in one or oscillating between two of these roles?

  3. Ed Drozda says:

    It's true Bill; the implementation phase is the weak link. But most important of all is taking the time to apply some thought to the idea of teamwork. Adopting the concept because it sounds like the right thing to do is rarely going to get the job done.

  4. Ed Drozda says:

    You hit the nail on the head Daniel. Yes, yes and yes. Leader, innovator, follower- it all depends on the situation wouldn't you say? I have observed people in each of these roles. I tend to view those in the follower role with the greatest amount of caution but unless they are married to that role I would not consider them stuck. Those who are leaders and/or innovators are regularly assessing the impact and are making the best of teamwork.

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