Teamwork is not all it’s cracked up to be


If I’m obliged to sit down by means of one other session with a facile facilitator spouting clichés and lazy metaphors within the identify of ‘teamwork’, I could also be tempted to foyer for three hundred and sixty five days of holidays per 12 months.

There isn’t a “I” in workforce, you’ll little doubt have heard – a press release issued with a reasonably self-satisfied expression final seen on a toddler throughout potty coaching. Effectively, I don’t want a thesaurus to provide you with a plethora of nouns to explain the “coach” that additionally get by with out an “I”. Maybe you and I would like a coaching course on that!

Employers have to enable collaboration to take place at work.

Employers need to allow collaboration to happen at work.

Like so many different metaphors in fashionable work, it derives from a lazy appropriation from sport. It’s as if those that presume to have particular powers, or merely the facility to inform us behave at work, have imaginations than lengthen no additional than what they watched on the Telly over the weekend, or worse, their hobbies.

As a lot because it pains me as an Englishman overseas to boost the 1948 Invincibles, you do not want to be a cricket tragic to understand that magnificent workforce comprised a bunch of people. Don Bradman and Keith Miller weren’t precisely bosom buddies, to place it mildly. I by no means noticed the Invincibles, however I did have to sit down by means of Steve Waugh’s workforce that was arguably their equal. Once more, it doesn’t take an excessive amount of analysis to find that workforce had some fairly robust gamers and personalities, together with Waugh and the late, nice Shane Warne.

Nice groups very often (however not at all times) have greater than a sprinkling of “Is”. What makes an I? Numerous totally different qualities. The better the expertise or report of feat, the extra seemingly the I is given a run. An I’ll push again towards groupthink or name it like it’s when the chief is appearing like an Emperor indifferent from their apparel. In actual fact, in terms of nice groups, the ayes have it, and I’m not speaking about “sure (wo)males”.


A variety of company coaching is now an incoherent mess as a result of it’s too often based mostly on lazy metaphors, or is developed reactively to treatment perceived deficits. Or worse, God assist us, it’s the outward manifestation of administration leaping on the shadows of hypothetical dangers. The variety of hours dedicated to these things, which may have gone into growing workers reasonably than manipulating them and blinding them with pseudo-science, is a scandal.

Is there a elementary fault line working by means of careers and work? A lot of careers work has been dedicated to encouraging individuals to self-express by means of their work – to search out their ardour (cross the vomit bucket from the left-hand aspect), or to do one thing that displays their personalities and values. Then, once they get to work, they’re advised to subsume their identities right into a soup of compromised mediocrity that’s the paper clip workforce, or the Monday to Fri-Yay workforce.

Possibly I is only for the weekends, once we play or watch sport. Hey, I’ve an awesome concept for work, let’s make it a contact sport.

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Jim Brilliant, FAPS is Professor of Profession Schooling and Growth at ACU and owns Brilliant and Associates, a Profession Administration Consultancy. E-mail to Observe him on Twitter @DrJimBright

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