It’s no secret that people have different preferred styles of working. One aspect of contrasting styles comes into play when organizations place their workers into teams. Some people just find it easier to work in groups than others do. The Solo Worker prefers to organize their days the way that works best for them, create their own goals, keep their plans to themselves, and then present a finished project to whoever hired them, when complete. Others just would prefer to do their jobs without any interruptions, chit-chat, and so on. There’s nothing wrong with this at all, and in fact it’s the best way to do some things. (Of course, like most things, solo vs. teamwork preference is a spectrum, and most people lie somewhere between the two extremes.)
There are many people in our field who work solo. Sure, they have clients, may hire contractors, etc., but they find their own houses, do their own negotiations, supervise the work, sell the houses, and reap the profits all on their own. It can work.
That Sounds Like Hermits
Hermits do tend to be solo, don’t they? You can infer from the name of our company, then, that at least some of us may lean toward the solo end of the spectrum. You’d be right about that. However, our company spends a lot of time figuring out ways to work more smoothly as a team. I won’t say that there haven’t been hiccups, because there have. We’re all people, with human limitations, after all. But we’re all trying our best. In the rest of this post, I’ll share what we’ve figured out are the five most important aspects of teamwork, which we are all working towards. Five is about as many as we can remember, anyway. Conveniently, they all start with the letter “C.”