In work environments that are becoming increasingly team-based, how do you balance personal success with group success?
I think it depends on how you define success. The definition will change depending on who you are and what you’re doing, but at work, you might define it as making a sale, completing a project, meeting KPIs, etc. There are arguments to be had for both paths. You need to be selfish if you want to achieve your personal goals, but there are times when it's more productive for the group to succeed as a unit, rather than individuals each fighting for glory.
In the long run, we believe focusing on group success is more beneficial for you and the people on your team. When you win as a team, it’s because you’ve managed to build meaningful relationships with those people. You can work towards something better, and impact even more people because each of you took away something important from that success. The group becomes stronger, and as an individual, you’ve gained something - be it knowledge, humility, or pride in the group. Even if you didn’t perform as expected, you still benefitted from that success.
However, this argument relies on each person being committed to the team. It’s hard to get people to care about something, and if they don’t make the conscious decision to care, there’s no loyalty. It’s natural for people to become selfish and only look out for themselves. With this kind of team, there might be internal competition, jealousy, and spite. While these might be powerful motivators for some individuals, it’s generally detrimental to the team dynamic. In this situation, when an individual succeeds, the team doesn’t benefit in a meaningful way. The win is tarnished with negative energy and doesn’t build bonds, or help the team achieve their greater goals. At the end of the day, the individual alone in their success.
As Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms said, “people need other people”. At Hitech Advisors, we recognize this, and we pride ourselves in our commitment to our clients and their needs. Our core values focus on finding group success. We believe in our team, and when we work with our clients, we invite them to become part of the team as well. Even if we don’t win on an individual level, we can win as a group, and that’s what matters to us. We want our relationships to be meaningful, and if you think so too, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us help you, and together we can find the right solutions for you and your team.