So, I’m trying to be part of a team here at work.
Actually, I’m resenting the fact that I am NOT part of a team. This should not be so hard.
Ever remember those group projects that were required in school? That’s where you had to form a group to do a project or a presentation, and it was some fat percentage of your grade.
What always happened with me is that I cared about my grade. I wanted the project done well and I wanted to get an A. SO we would all get together and talk about what needed done and who would do it.
There was the person that called the meetings. There was the person who just agreed with whatever everyone else said. There was usually one or maybe two people who didn’t do a darn thing.
Now. That hold true through life. This really had nothing to do with whatever subject we were learning. It was all about ‘Who’s the loser?’
I used to think that the people who didn’t do anything were the losers. But you know, I didn’t pay enough attention.
Who’s really the loser? The one who doesn’t have to do any work? Or the one who does all the work for other people?
What harm does a low grade do anyway?
If we are playing that game, the one where it doesn’t matter who shows up as long as the work gets done, then why must I be the one to show up?
I am the loser.
So…I basically have to have some kind of faith that the loser is NOT the one that does the work. In a purely temporal world, how could it be otherwise?
The sucker is the one who gets stuck with the hard stuff.
Except I do not believe that this is a purely temporal world. I believe in higher things, like higher standards. Pride of accomplishment, a job well done, knowing that I did my best.
Boy, do I ever believe in knowing I did my best. I cannot sleep at night if I even think there is a chance I didn’t do my best.
That means i see beyond the moment, beyond the short term. I have a larger context within which I place the choices I make.
So. What is the context that the not-doers place their choices? Do they feel there is another consequence beyond getting out of doing stuff?
Let me tell you, there may not be. If this work environment does not dish out a consequence, then there isn’t.
So how does teamwork happen?
In my case, it doesn’t.
In my opinion, consequences are important. But not everyone sees it that way. Some people seem to want to avoid consequences and protect one another from them.
See this post.
This sort of thing rolls around in my head, and I wonder if I really am clinging to outmoded rules of the universe.
Maybe I need to have a talk with ol’ Nick.
You can’t fight the way things are. You can only work with it. Maybe you can work with it to improve it, but working with it is the only way.