天才真正的秘密

By Rick Boxx

我最喜歡的電視節目是「天蠍座」這個節目。在這個電視節目系列裡面,一群社交笨拙的天才跟防衛隊一起解決可能會發生的大災難,天才雖然智商很高但是人際技巧則需要再加強。這個節目最引人入勝的一部分就是每一個天才都有自己精通的領域,當他們把各種領域的智慧合併在一起,就能夠解決各式各樣複雜和高難度的問題。

很多電視節目,否定觀眾的理解力,要求他們去相信自己都不相信的事情。但是天蠍座這個節目呈現了很多日常生活,尤其是職場上所需要的實際價值。

在職場上我們也會看到相同的場景:職場總會有所謂的「明星」, 他們都很有天分,表現得很好,生產力也很高。但是即便是這樣的人,也需要和其他人合作才能達成目標。Tim Sanders演說家兼作家曾經說在一個聚會上總結說:「團隊合作就是天才。」

有句格言這麼說:「團結力量大」這句話符合Sanders的話「團隊合作就是天才。」,無論是在職場上或是運動場上甚至在一個家庭裡。如果你把正確的人放在正確的位置,做對的事情,成功的機會就會非常大。你很少看見一個人用自己的力量,不靠任何別人的幫助, 自己能夠孤獨地工作。

聖經裡面很多地方也表達相同的看法,包括哥林多前書十二章裡面,用身體的各個器官來代表有不同能力的人,顯示出團隊合作是多麼的重要。「若全身是眼,從哪裏聽聲呢?若全身是耳,從哪裏聞味呢?但如今,上帝隨自己的意思把肢體俱各安排在身上了。」哥林多前書12章17-18節

我們很可能會只注意到表現特別傑出的人,而忽略了在幕後辛苦工作的人。這些幕後的工作人員,讓頂尖的領袖或是業務表現得好而且能更好。

傳道書4章9-12節告訴我們:「兩個人總比一個人好,因為二人勞碌同得美好的果效。若是跌倒,這人可以扶起他的同伴;若是孤身跌倒,沒有別人扶起他來,這人就有禍了。有人攻勝孤身一人,若有二人便能敵擋他;三股合成的繩子不容易折斷。」

重點很簡單:如果你想要在自己的公司把創意擴張到最大,或創造一個鼓勵團隊合作的環境,就要強調團隊合作的重要:團結力量大!

本文版權為正直資源中心(Integrity Resource Center, Inc.)所有。本文獲得授權改編自瑞克.博克思的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。

省思/討論題目

你個人如何定義在職場上何謂「真正的天才」? 你是否經歷過,非常有才華的人,經過眾人的努力和貢獻,成就更大? 你是否經歷過,經過眾人的努力,你得到比預期中更大的成功,分享你的經驗? 你覺得哥林多前書中,用身體各個部分來形容團隊合作的重要,適合用在組織或公司當中嗎?分享你的看法。

如果你手上有聖經,想要知道更多和這個主題相關的經文,請參考:箴言11章14節、15章22節、22章29節、27章17節;羅馬書12章3-8節

THE SECRET TO TRUE GENIUS

By Rick Boxx

One of my favorite television shows is “Scorpion.” In this series, a group of socially inept geniuses contract with the Department of Defense to solve potentially catastrophic problems. They are highly intelligent, even though their people skills often leave something to be desired. The fascinating aspect of every episode in the series is that all the geniuses have their own unique fields of expertise, but when they combine those skills, their synergy and the sum of their collective genius solves incredibly complex and challenging problems.

Unlike many TV shows, in which the concepts presented defy comprehension and require the viewers to “suspend their disbelief,” the underlying concept for “Scorpion,” in addition to being very entertaining, has much practical value for real life – especially the workplace.

We see this demonstrated every day in our business and professional settings. Our organizations may have “star players,” highly talented individuals who stand out in terms of performance and productivity. But even these people could not accomplish what they do without the skills and contributions of many other individuals. Speaker and author Tim Sanders summarized this truth nicely at a conference that I attended when he said, “Genius is a team sport.”

There is an adage you might have heard, “You win with people.” It fits this idea of “genius,” whether in the workplace, on an athletic team, or even in a family. If you put the right people in the right places doing the right things, chances of success are much greater. You hardly ever see or hear someone espousing an individual working in total isolation, without assistance from anyone.

This concept is embraced in the Bible in a number of passages, including 1 Corinthians 12, which uses the metaphor of the human body to teach why collaboration as a team is important. The apostle Paul wrote, “If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (1 Corinthians 12:17-18).

It can be a trap to give full attention to top performers and neglect the indispensable contributions of people who work behind the scenes or do “grunt work” so that top executives, salespeople and other leaders can excel at what they do best.

One of the great principles from the Scriptures is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, which reminds us, “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.”

So the point is simple: If you want to maximize innovation in your organization, if you desire to create an environment where “true genius” is encouraged and has a chance to flourish, embrace and leverage the talents of others. As someone has wisely observed, “Not one of us is as smart as all of us combined.”

Copyright 2016, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His new book, Unconventional Business, provides “Five Keys to Growing a Business God”s Way.”

Reflection/Discussion Questions

How would you describe “true genius,” when the term is considered within the context of a workplace environment? What has been your experience in observing how the accomplishments and contributions of very talented individuals are enhanced, even multiplied, by the efforts of others? Can you give an experience when you were able to achieve success in a project or endeavor that exceeded your expectations, in part because of what other people were able to contribute to the effort? Do you think the biblical comparison used, showing how different parts of the human body contribute to the healthy functioning of the body overall, applied to how a company or organization functions? Why or why not?

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Proverbs 11:14, 15:22, 22:29, 27:17; Romans 12:3-8

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