Mackay: None of us is as good as all of us

  • Article by: HARVEY MACKAY
  • Updated: December 1, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Teamwork might seem like a complicated subject, but to some creatures, it comes naturally as a way to survive and expend the least amount of energy.

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wnewcombDec. 2, 13 6:18 AM

This column is spot on! Teamwork will get the job done. I believe more satisfaction will be created as a result of teamwork. It is hard to get society to buy into the team concept when we do praise the "individual".

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onepercenterDec. 5, 13 5:33 AM

I've worked in several large companies over the last 25 years in positions from clerical work to Sr. Management. It is generally true that a highly motivated team will outperform an individual. However I have also seen the opposite when you have a disfunctional team. The key to any team or individual excellence is how they are incentive to achieve the goal. Since it has been proven over human kind's history that people tend to care about themselves over others, the incentive should be focused on the individual, not the collective. Collectivism or the "we are all in this together" model does not work as an economic model, never has and never will. It goes against our nature. The focus of the incentive or reward should always be on the individual and they will naturally work together (because it is more efficient) to achieve a common goal.

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