My Grandpa ran a farm, just like his dad and grandfather and great grandfather and most of our ancestry. Most of your’s too I assume. I wrote about my Grandpa in a popular blog on Nov. 19, 2010 following his death and funeral, “A true free agent legacy, Ray Miller“. The old farm is pictured above.
There were different types of farms and people ran them in different ways. But what ran true was, the owners had full responsibility for results. Well, aside from the weather that blessed or cursed their efforts.
The weight of it all was on them.
Today, few of us know, or want…this type of weight.
We want to be part of a ‘team’ where the engine keeps rolling and results happen despite us. We want to matter and succeed, but to do so amidst something far bigger than us that is going to endure and provide on our good days and bad days.
Self-employment and small business doesn’t offer this, at least not at the outset.
We’re drawn to self-employment because the downside of the big engine is, well…you know. I don’t need to reiterate the stats on work dissatisfaction.
You’re most likely here reading this, due to it.
The conundrum is we don’t want all the responsibility, yet, we crave it.
So much of the quest revolves around this issue.
Today I bring you a tremendous blog post from Roy H. Williams. One of my greatest teachers on business and marketing and the human emotional condition. He challenges our view of ‘team’, though praises our need for a ‘tribe’.
Since he doesn’t give a place for comments and discussion, I invite you to read his post, them come here and discuss it in regards to self-employment specifically.
Here is the link, and I’ve pulled out some key statements:
- “I think teamwork in business is highly overrated.”
- “Teamwork” is an illusion created when the individual components within a human system accomplish a goal that is credited to the collective, rather than to the individual efforts of the components.
- “What might appear to be teamwork in a relay race is, in truth, just a series of individual runners, each of whom begins their effort with an advantage or a deficit that was handed to them by the previous runner. If a runner increases that advantage or shortens that deficit, he or she was successful. It is only when they are rewarded collectively that we create the illusion of a team.”
- “Individual responsibility brings out the best in us. If you remove individual responsibility, you create a committee. I believe committees are formed when no one wants to accept individual responsibility for the outcome.”
- “There are things that can exist only in the heart of an individual. Among these are commitment, determination, resourcefulness, intelligence and pride. These may appear to exist in a group, but in truth they can exist only in each of its individuals.”
- “Being part of a team, a tribe, gives us a sense of identity, purpose and adventure. And that helps us to perform as individuals.”
Again, you can read the full article here.
So…what do you think?