woensdag 14 december 2011

Team Spirit is for Losers


Team spirit is for losers, financially speaking. It is the glue that binds losers together - a strategy used by employees to shackle useful employees to their desks.

While lives may depend on team spirit and teamwork in professions like soldiering or firefighting, in commerce it acts as a subtle handicap and brake to ambitious individuals. Which, in a way, is what it's designed to do, as you will undoubtedly discover when your own managers trumpet the mantra of team spirit to those who will work for you in the not too distant future.

The truth is uglier. As the owner, you are in a team of one.

Anyone arguing that is an old-fashioned, dinosaur-like approach to business is either an academic or a teacher, probably at a fancy business school. They will be full of hot air and exciting theories concerning 'cooperative alliances', 'partnering' and 'new ways' of doing business.

Note that they will never have risked everything they own on the road to richness. In truth, they are sometimes ashamed to teach red-in-tooth-and-claw-entrepreneurial-capitalism to students or are projecting a kind of wish-fulfillment. Such professors may know a great deal about business theory and management techniques.

But they know nothing whatever about the getting of money.

16 opmerkingen:

  1. The truth is always ugly... Way to be.

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  3. sadly the good guy/good thing to do is always for losers

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  4. ugly like donald trump waving his hair back and forth.
    Good post im following :)

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  5. I can see where you're coming from, however I'd have to disagree in that personal experience has led me to believe that if done correctly there's opportunity for significantly higher profits in group efforts than individual efforts, while the payout may not be balanced it's still higher than you'd get by yourself, ideally however you would be at the top of the tower if you knew what you were doing.

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  6. The bad thing is that people seems to like being part of "a team", so it means people like being losers.

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  7. Yeah for success in corporate America you don't need the team spirit, nice blog by the way.

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  8. I don't agree with you, team spirit is an essential part of our society, however I liked your point of view and am following you

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  9. Interesting read...some points I may not match up on, but do on many.

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