The question is the answer.
Allow me to pose it to you: What are some ways someone can ‘love them first, ask questions later’?
January 27 2018
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
This quote gets misinterpreted a lot.
And passionate, talented teams are a big offender.
There’s a temptation to interpret “we can do so much” as “let’s try to do everything at once.” Trading the chisel for another hammer dilutes the precision and commitment to good work.
- Say ‘yes’ to the work. This also means saying ‘no’ to alternatives.
- Own the work. One person responsible for each work on the team.
- Refine or redefine. If it’s working, refine it. If it’s not, redefine it. This avoids the trap of “but we’ve tried everything.”
Let’s use Helen’s quote as a call to the clinical, radical focusing of meaningful team work.