Employee “A” in a company walked up to his manager and asked what my job is for the day? The manager took “A” to the bank of a river and asked him to cross the river and reach the other side of the bank. “A” completed this task successfully and reported back to the manager about the completion of the task assigned. The manager smiled and said “GOOD JOB”.
Next day Employee “B” reported to the same manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task as above to this person also. The Employee “B’ before starting the task saw Employee “C” struggling in the river to reach the other side of the bank. He realized “C” has the same task. Now “B” not only crossed the river but also helped “C” to cross the river. “B” reported back to the manager and the manager smiled and said “VERY GOOD JOB”
The following day Employee “Q” reported to the same manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task again. Employee “Q” before starting the work did some homework and realized “A”, “B” & “C” all have done this task before. He met them and understood how they performed. He realized that there is a need for a guide and training for doing this task. He sat first and wrote down the procedure for crossing the river. He documented the common mistakes people made, and tricks to do the task efficiently and effortlessly. Using the methodology he had written down he crossed the river and reported back to the manager along with documented procedure and training material. The manager said “Q” you have done an “EXCELLENT JOB”.
Flash: “B” helped “C” achieve his goal. Helping someone else with the problem often improves our own skills. Learn to Teach and Teach to Learn. From a company point of view “B” has demonstrated much better skills than “A” since one more task for the company is completed. “Q” created the knowledge base for the team. More often than not, we do the task assigned to us without checking history. Learning from other’s mistake is the best way to improve efficiency. This knowledge creation for the team is of immense help. Re-usability reduces cost thereby increases the productivity of the team. B and Q both demonstrated good “TEAM-PLAYER” skills and their ability to take “INITIATIVES”.
Moral: Many times in life we get tasks to be done at home, at the office, at play,etc. Most of us end up doing what is expected out of us and we feel happy about it. However, when we take “initiatives” and demonstrate “team performance” over and above individual performance; the results improve immensely; for EVERYONE.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and initiatives win championships.…..Happy Working