“Many hands make light work.”
“Two heads are better than one.”
There are many sayings that relate to the same issue … that there can be power in a group.
A good friend of mine ran a strategic planning session recently, which included many strong personalities, with a diverse and sometimes opposite set of opinions.
He wanted to demonstrate up front that by working together the group would be able to achieve much more than each operating separately. He chose to start the session with a little team building exercise.
1. He told them all to have a pen and some paper … and gave them 2 minutes to come up with as many uses as possible of a styrofoam cup.
2. He had asked people to tell how many uses they came up with and identified the average and high numbers.
3. Then he asked them to pair off with the person next to them and to develop a list together … and of course they were able to come up with many more answers.
This was not rocket science, but it made people think a little when even such a simple example can produce such a result.
Maybe the thought for the day should be … are you taking advantage of the brains around you?
Or are you trying to do too much on your own?