Teams trump Collectives
The world is much smaller today that it has ever been, supported in large part by lowered cost of communication technologies. We sometimes know as much or more about what is happening around the world as we do down the street in our neighborhood. Exposed to the values, needs, wants, concerns of individuals and families all over, we are challenged in our ability to put all that we are exposed to into proper context.
Closer to home, it is common to have colleagues spread all over the world. For many languages spoken are not native and our ability to sense what all is happening is called upon to fill in the missing communication gaps. To make sense of what we experience, more than intellectual IQ is required. Successful teams will build collaboratively alongside colleagues, products and services so complex that an individual alone is no longer enough to drive. Working in tandem as a collective is no longer optimal to handle subtle and complex end-user requirements or scenarios. Team members must have a healthy emotional IQ to work together, coach one another, learn together and achieve what each individual alone cannot.
What is emotional IQ? Just as intellectual IQ is dynamic, emotional IQ also changes over time with life experience, exposure and maturity. Want to gauge where you are? Try these fun quick sites:
Many years ago I dreamt of to joining the national ski team. My heart was into it, I trained as much as I could, I read all I could and had been strengthening my legs for years. Unfortunately, growing up in southern California there were few opportunities to go skiing, let alone train. I aspired to be part of a team, but my life experience took me in completely different directions. Luckily, I went off into other activities and my knees thanked me.
Professional preparation develops similarly, though we have a basic predisposition towards approaching work in certain ways. Understanding the ins and outs of how we prefer to work, putting aside our aspirations and truly looking into how we operate, makes it possible to follow projects, product types, or functional positions that make us happy. Stress makes us stupid. Love your work, understand aspirations are goals, and be true to your preferences:
Is the world happy? If people are to aspire for more than their basic needs, they had better be happy. Does your target market lie in a place where people worry about tomorrow? Do your co-workers live in a part of the world where there is more going on than developing or manufacturing your product? Considering socio-demographics of producers and consumers is fundamental to understanding what a product is and is not. See the current state of things: