GRR's blog

The value of teamwork

It is very rare for anybody to be able to complete a productive activity in isolation.  We all need the cooperation of others at some point.  We can put up barriers to limit inter-action to inputs and outputs (e.g. to buy materials, retreat to a lonely cell to make a product then sell it through to a wholesaler) but it would be a static world, unable to progress and develop, if everyone worked in that way.  Not wanting to promote the cubicle world style of project management I firmly believe in the creation of effective teams to tackle all activities in the workplace.

Who needs communication?

The fundamental skill that binds all business activity together is communication.  In its simplest form this might be command and control - i.e. managers give instructions to their staff who interpret those instructions to carry out tasks. However, communication should never be considered simple.  In the command and control example there are many simultaneous threads threads that all contribute to success or failure.  For example:

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