Creating a functional team of workers is a complex web of personality clashes, professional experience, personal preferences, and technical skills that inevitably has to balance to produce a product or service that ACTUALLY makes sense for people outside the walls of said business. This is complicated. And rarely actually reaches equilibrium, but when it does…oh it’s a beautiful thing people.
The beauty of business is that it’s run by people.
This is also why it can get ugly…FAST. No matter how hard of a worker Susan is, if Keith just sits at his desk and picks his nose…the team cannot function. No matter how good Brian’s ideas are, if Lisa never gives him a dose of reality, nothing will ever get done…because EVERYTHING will be a good idea and the team is then knee-deep in too much good work that will all get done in a half-assed manner.
By no means do I think I have it all figured out, but to my knowledge, you’ve gotta comprise a team (or have multiple sides to your personality), to create that well-oiled machine.
The 5 Essential Personalities In Creating Workplace Harmony:
-The Dreamer: This is your coworker that wants to bottle rainbows, decides that you should do a website redesign in a week’s timeline, thinks that NOTHING is impossible. They seem to be living in an alternate universe where money, time, and workload doesn’t exist. To the Do’ers and Realists, this person will inevitably annoy the living shits outta you…but we need them. We need them to create a huge cloud of far-reaching ideas to distill down into a few good, palatable, smart projects to spring off of. Their function is to ignite creativity and you should love them for that.
-The Realist: The Realist could also be called: The FunKiller, The Bubble Popper, and El Negativo…and yes, I am this person at my office (sometimes…most of the time). There must be a team member that brings The Dreamers back to earth and takes a creative far-fetched idea, and injects a dose of reality and fact into the process. As much as he/she can come off as a Debbie Downer, they will be the ones to dissect when a project or idea is actually worthwhile, and when they back something, you’ll have their full support and hard work. Also, they prevent superfluous shit from being added to the workload…so thank them when you actually get to leave early on those Summer Fridays and you are drinking margs in your bikini by 3:30PM in your rooftop baby pool.
-The Do’er: The workhorse of the team…their life might be consumed with checking things off the list and getting things done, while they don’t provide much of a strong opinion either way in the decision making process. They just want to grind, and God bless them for that. Just a tip, make sure to validate that their hard work is noticed or they’ll start to get a little grumpy.
-The Advocate: Sometimes the advocate can be the peace maker, sometimes they battle on behalf of the client or customer. The main function that makes them awesome is that they are able to look at things from all sides and views. They can take a step back and analyze what’s best from the client view, from the company view, the position of the team, from a financial standpoint, and aren’t afraid to ask the motivation behind the decision-making process. The Advocate is generally someone that has long-term vision and understands the communication between creator and user. Listen to them to get out of your own head for a sec, and see the bird’s eye view of what you are trying to accomplish.
-The Techie: Probably the most simple, but most important person to have on your team, The Techie actually puts in place how something is able to happen. I don’t just mean your technical designer or IT guy…I mean, they see the plan in its full scope, and will be focused on the HOW rather than the “what” or “why” that the rest of the team might be concentrating on. No matter how good of an idea you have, or how hard you work, you will need this person to actually figure out the landscape and plan of executing vision.
The point is…value the people you work with (or the different sides of your thinking if you are self-employed)…and know that each part is needed and is equally important to have as part of the process. It functions like the body, if one thing is missing, you might not be moving, thinking, hearing, or making things well.
Sorry this was so serious. I’ll go back to blogging about vodka, and FUPAS tomorrow.
p.s. It is winter again, and I am furious. That is all.