This quote may give white-knighting over-workers the feeling that they are indispensable.
Be wary of this quote. It’s not as simple as it seems.
In Under New Management, Burkus says,
“The fuel running most organizations today isn’t brute labor – it’s mental energy.” – David Burkus
All that energy does nothing if you don’t have the support you need to see your ideas through to completion, testing, and implementation! If you haven’t earned the support of your team you are the weakest link… Goodbye!
“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” – Unknown
The point of working on a team is to share your knowledge, have it pile up, build up, and perform better than anything a single individual with the same knowledge would ever be able to do alone.
“If you want to get the best out of individuals, make sure to treat them as members of a team and not as solo performers.” – David Burkus
How do you treat your team? Are you a lone wolf? It can be appealing to go it alone, pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps and feeling the power of accomplishment.
But with no Posse to rely on in times of need you might as well be lost in a desert with no water, no food, and only mirages of your perceived glory. And that won’t cut it. Build your posse. Focus on the team. And make all your decisions consider the greater good and the team’s efforts.