思想 / 討論題目
在大多數情況中，你是與一些人一起工作或獨立作業？你喜歡哪一種工作型態？ 請想想你曾做過哪一項工作，若獨自作業就無法完成。有誰幫助了你？他們對整個工作有何貢獻？ 若你在工作上要協助別人，但對方卻拒絕，你會如何反應？你是否相信，在任何狀況下兩個人都比一個人好？為什麼？ 本文所列團隊工作的益處中，哪一項對你最有意義？你還可以想到其他的益處嗎？
TWO (OR MORE) ARE BETTER THAN ONE
By: Robert J. Tamasy
My son-in-law and I recently took on a household project that seemed relatively simple, but in reality would have been much more difficult if we had not been working together. David, being very gifted mechanically, could have performed the task on his own, but with my help the job went much more quickly. I, being the very antithesis of the word “handyman,” would have been hopelessly lost without David”s insights and instruction.
During my professional career, this principle has manifested itself repeatedly. As a newspaper editor, I directed the gathering of news, the reporting and editing. But others were required to take photos, sell advertising, lay out the pages, print and assemble the newspapers, deliver them to the readers, and do billing and accounting.
As a magazine editor, I was responsible for overall content and did some of the writing. But many others contributed articles and photographs, someone did illustrations, a design team combined the elements into an attractive package, my administrative assistant focused on important details, and a printer took our raw material and produced the “book.” Many times, upon seeing the magazine in print for the first time, I could not help but to observe, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”
If you think about it, this is true of your workplace as well. You have specific job responsibilities, but there are many others that contribute in one way or another toward achieving the desired end result. The Bible describes this in simple terms: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!… Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
There is a management term for this: Synergy. This refers to corresponding, complementary strengths; a combining of respective strengths, gifts, skills and experience for the common good or a shared goal. Too often the business and professional world is focused on “stars” – individuals who rise to achievement levels far above their peers. Yet, even the most talented people need administrative, clerical and logistical support of many kinds. Here are other benefits of teamwork, as presented in the Bible:
We keep one another sharp. Similar to a knife being sharpened on a cutting stone, we become “sharpened” through our interactions with others, even when that involves some measure of friction and conflict. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:7).
We share in each other”s load. Working in isolation, our task or responsibilities may seem unbearable. Working with others, however, the burden becomes lighter and seems more manageable. “Carry each other”s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
We lift one another”s spirits. Teamwork has great emotional and psychological value – camaraderie, esprit de corps – as well as physical benefits. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another…” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
We pull in the same direction. Ideally, we should work with people who share our sense of mission, our vision and our values. “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common. Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran of 38 years in professional journalism, he is the author of Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring: 10 Proven Principles for Developing People to Their Fullest Potential. For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.
In most cases, do you work primarily with a team of people or independently? Which do you prefer? Think of a project that you could not have brought to completion by working alone. Who assisted you, and what were their contributions to the overall effort? How do you respond to people that decline assistance when it is offered? Do you believe that “two are better than one” is always true? Why or why not? Which of the other benefits of teamwork listed seems most significant to you? Can you think of any others?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review some other passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses:
Proverbs 11:14,15:22, 19:20, 20:18; Matthew 11:30; Galatians 6:1-6; Hebrews 12:1