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“All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
Whilst you may not be the most productive when you work with others, collaboration is key to get a lot of the right things done. That is, if you manage to get past the talking and onto the doing.
Collaborating is great to get all the ideas down, get diverse views, understand the risks, determine how the different users think etc. At some point, those ideas have to be turned into actions. They need to be linked to dependent tasks, they need deadlines.
Often you can get a lot of people in a room to bash out what needs to happen. How many volunteers do you find to go away and *make* these things happen?
If you directly line manage the people in the room, it is often easier to make them go away and do the tasks you desire. If you don’t, it is a lot harder. Forcing people do things is not really the way I like to go about life. Influencing them to do something that you both see as necessary or desirable is a much better way of going about it.
One of the themes that runs through my own opinions is that no-one can succeed alone. Even the most isolated person had someone to get them to where they are today. Those that say they have succeeded alone are just ungrateful of the help they received, not multi-talented or omnipotent.
Collaborating with the right people enables you to, not only, get all of the benefits at the ideas stage, but you will likely find that the skills they bring will be great for the doing stage.
With empathy, you can look at a group of people and determine what they like to do (you could ask them as well!). Once you have an idea of your list of tasks, you can then work through who would like to do the tasks on that list. By playing to the team’s strength you can, most likely, find willing volunteers for most of the tasks. As is the way, there are always tasks that no-one likes to do. I tend to be the one who takes those. That is me playing to my strength. If you find that you don’t have a ‘Ghilaine type’ person on your team, it pays to ask for help in splitting the unwanted tasks fairly amongst the group. If you have given people the tasks that suit them this is a lot easier, as they feel they got the best parts for themselves and so a few undesirable tasks is the least they can do for that.
Thanking them is an important part of sharing the load. Appreciate what others are doing to help you reach your goals.
I believe this is the best way to delegate tasks. This relies on having a diverse team of people with mixed outlook, skills and talents, which should be the traits of every team right? (!)
“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together” — African Proverb
Here is to having a great week with a supportive group around you!
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