It has been 6 weeks since I last blogged. It is not that there hasn't been interesting stuff to blog about, but that I have been BUSY, and it has all been amazingly wonderful good stuff kind of busy. My 2014 has been surreal in its sheer overwhelming awesomeness as a parent, friend, and professional.
Blogging had to wait.
But I've saved all the articles I read that I wanted to blog about for the last 6 weeks, so...
First up: this article about how teamwork is overrated. The author suggests that the focus on teamwork and collaboration is actually having a negative impact on productivity and quality, because people are making consensus driven decisions by committee and not speaking up when something is a bad idea (everyone else on the team seems to think it is ok!) or are so focused on fostering teamwork that they aren't rolling up their sleeves and just getting shit done. It is an interesting article to me because while the team I am on at BlackBerry is incredibly fantastic and amazing, I've been on teams before that were so horribly dysfunctional and unhealthy, you really have no idea.
When you've been in an awful team or had a bad manager, I think it makes you value the good ones even more because you know how important they are to your career, happiness, and sanity. I feel incredibly thankful and lucky to have spent the last several years in a team made up of highly competent people who focus on the organizational and team goals. No one is a glory whore, no one is trying to make others look bad so they look better, everyone just gets things done and still makes time to pitch in and helps each other out when needed. So when I read this:
And if your EQ is way higher than your IQ -- and you couldn't produce anything of value if I locked you alone in a room full of books, computers, and sandwiches for a million years -- then you'd sure as hell better try to attach yourself to a team.
it occurred to me that the team I'm on is made up of a bunch of lone unicorns that have chosen to run in a herd so they can run further, faster. They don't need a team to mask their failings. May I forever have the good fortune to work with people as exceptional as those that are in the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team, they have raised my standard for teamwork.