Although many businesses and organizations are using project or task management tools, still a high number of projects continue to fail. Michael Krigsman is doing research on why in particular IT projects are failing. His main conclusion, I think, can be applied in other areas as well. For me personally, having a weakness in people skills, the three factors are the main driving forces for human connections. and to give myself a lesson I will investigate communication, collaboration and knowledge sharing.
It still hurts me when people tell me that they don’t understand my English because of my German accent. And then I’m wondering, who in Australia has no accent? Anyway, unfortunately I am using this as an excuse to not to talk to people. Yes, it is tiring to speak English 24/7/365 when English is not native to you. Therefore, I will shut down after a while of extensive talking and listening. But in reality it is more my shyness and low confidence that lead me to turn into an introvert person. People who know me well, will agree that I can talk especially when I am in my flow. I have chosen to live a life full of challenges so I am permanently out of my comfort zone. Am doing all this so I have more opportunities later to be in my flow 😉
Communicate with as many people as possible, be interested in what they are doing. You will be surprised how much sometimes you have in common with a complete stranger. And you never know who they might know 😉
Teamwork hasn’t been my strength either. But I also believe that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Or in other words 1+1 > 2. Simple as that. You get more done when you work in a team. We have to admit that we can’t be perfect in everything, however we are still trying to do write reports, build our own website and fix the car ourselves.
‘Collaborate’ comes from the Latin verb collaborare, where col means ‘together’ and laborare means ‘to work’. Yes, your colleague should be your friend and team mate, because you are playing together in the same league 😉
As I have learned that perfection is hindering progress, I am trying now to achieve excellence. You can achieve excellence in a team, but not perfection according to the saying Too many cooks spoil the broth. And how can a team work properly? Communication, yes, talk to each other to know what’s each other’s strength and weakness. Envy and jealousy have nothing to do in a team. Teamwork is not a competition. It’s better to leverage of each other. It’s more fun to win as a team than just you alone.
If you don’t share what you know you will soon be a very isolated person, trust me. Your brain is working 24/7, you have thoughts and ideas. Put them down somewhere, so you don’t actually forget them again. How can you share your knowledge? Here just some ideas:
- Write a blog
- Social media such as Twitter or Facebook
- Write a book or an article
- You can sell your knowledge
- You can give away your knowledge for free
- Create audios or videos where you share your story
It sounds all too difficult for you? Look at Stephen Hawkins, the physicist and cosmologist from Cambridge. He is completely paralysed due to the disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). He can’t speak neither move and therefore is bound to a wheelchair, which he actually bumped into me back in 2004 in Cambridge 🙂 Stephen is a freaking genius and there are even ways for him to share his knowledge. How would you feel not being able to express anything in words, mimic or other movements. Scary!
Back to the actual topic of this blog post … achieving success. Mastering the three above mentioned factors will definitely give you a plus in your business. Are you having any challenges with these three skills? Share ( 😉 ) your thoughts and ideas in the comment section.
P.S. I am looking for ambitious people working with me in my primary business. If that is you … please contact me!