Stephen at HDBizBlog has suggested working together to help achieve something great in 2008. In fact, its not just Stephen, Phil Gerbyshak and Aaron Potts are at it as well, and that is only the people whose blogs I subscribe too.
Of course working together is a great idea because you can achieve a lot more with supportive, motivating and helpful people around you. However, I don’t find it easy to work with other people. Not because I’m a poor team player (although in a recent Belbin analysis it was my joint lowest score), but because of two failings.
The first one is I rarely know what skills I can offer other people. If someone is having problems at work I will offer IT support, suggest websites, books, lend CDs and DVDs, listen to them and provide my thoughts. But, that is all in response to what I hear around me; when I think of my skills to offer with no prompt I can’t think of single one that is useful.
Secondly, I’m not good at asking for things from people (unless its my managers for approval)! At work I have a reputation for knowing things, and it has come because I don’t want to rely on other people to know how to do something so I read all the company or project messages. Plus, I have this love of learning; I like learning just about anything new and often think I won’t ask someone who can do it easily, so I can have the pleasure of leaning to do it myself. Oh yes, I don’t like the idea of disturbing other people as well.
So because of these two reasons it could be very good for me to join this year of collaboration and learn what I can offer and to ask for help.