How many times during a project did you:
- Feel overwhelmed?
- Lose focus of the project goal?
- Get buried in the details, checklists, and action items?
- Attempt to resolve the issues yourself?
- Hold knowledge close to your vest?
“What the superior man seeks is in himself;
what the small man seeks is in others.”
What is the definition of “superior”?
- Dictionary.com: “higher in rank, status, or quality.”
- Merriam – Webster: ” of high quality: high or higher in quality: great or greater in amount, number, or degree: better than other people
- Oxford Dictionary: ” Having or showing an overly high opinion of oneself”
Compare with the definition of “small”?
- Dictionary.com: “
- Merriam – Webster: “
- Oxford Dictionary: “Of a size that is less than normal or usual“; “Not great in amount, number, strength or power”
Ultimately, in project teams, it is beneficial to identify the skills of every member of the project team. Individually, a “superior” team member may be able to address individual tasks and focus on solo achievements. Will that meet the needs of the project? Of the customer? Or the business objectives?
However, if the individual “small” team members take the opportunity to recognize and combine their individual skills and knowledge, the collective project team will have an opportunity to produce greater, “superior” results.