We use the term “teamwork” lightly these days. I can’t remember how many resumes I have read which have stated how the candidate values the concept of teamwork and works well as part of “a team”. Hell, I have even used this concept loosely myself. As I write this I am a little over 24 hours away from meeting a great group of people who are all interested in joint venture partnership. I have to present how I, myself, have worked as part of a team. I wonder if the following account would have any value?
I am currently in the middle of working with another fantastic group of people in developing and promoting a series of self-help guides which are already published on the Amazon Kindle platform. The whole concept started shortly after I joined a private forum group led by Brian Kumar in which, subsequently, a good acquaintance, Dr Mani, headed the Kindle experiment.
15 of us showed interest and were accepted into the project and 10 of us continue to thrive and survive. Our mission was to produce a series of self-help guides under a branded umbrella (the Warrior Guides series). We each chose an area of interest and expertise and set to work writing on Kindle books – a learning curve for many of us even at that stage.
We recognised not only the huge power in numbers together with the beauty in teamwork but also the value that we each give to various parts the project. One of us leads by example, one of us has skills in design. One member knows the intricacies of website programming and one has the credibility and vision to glue the whole process together. I, for my part, deliver the ability to focus and work towards deadlines in lieu of intelligence or technological wizardry.
The result? 11 self-help guides written by individuals as part of a series and uploaded, ready for sale, on the Amazon Kindle platform. Add to this a perfectly designed and executed website collating the efforts of us all together with a high-class professionally produced video on YouTube and I hope you can get a glimpse of the relative enormity of what we were trying to achieve.
The teamwork doesn’t end there. Oh no. Doctor Mani has already developed, written and distributed an agreed marketing plan to us all whereupon we will each take responsibilities and roles in different areas to help the marketing concept of the series as a whole. Article marketing, link developing, social media exposure and a whole host of other interactions will, in time we hope, promote the branding of our series and lead to a healthy and satisfying income.
We have the belief, as yet unproven, that the skills and efforts of us all will multiply the value of the project. Whether we succeed or not is dependent upon a number of factors other than teamwork itself. But I believe we have developed a blueprint of action that is repeatable and transferable to other projects.
Could each individual achieve the same name without the power of the team? I expect so, but experience has shown me in the past that the work required by the individual far surpasses the momentum generated by the team. Furthermore, by working together we developed a common aim and vision which allowed us to focus on our individual responsibilities whilst at the same time trying, where possible, to avoid letting other members of the team down.
The project itself is one of reasonable magnitude. Could any individual develop each and every part themselves? Could the sole worker maintain an overall bird’s-eye view? Could a single person maintain the focus needed to succeed at each stage? I’m certain that the answer is “no” to each of these questions but even so the effort needed for the lone worker is too much.I have come to learn that things always take longer than expected. With individual members of the team working to their strengths we have speed, accuracy and dependability on our side.
Using just speed as an example, how long do you think it would take you to accomplish the following: writing 11 books, formatting the books, designing 11 covers, loading each onto the Amazon Kindle platform,developing a marketing plan, developing a prominent video, listing the books on various Kindle websites, developing an advertising program,arranging for individual reviews of the 11 books, developing a central web hub, collating and evaluating results?
So, thinking back to my initial question regarding the presentation I am to give at my forthcoming joint venture workshop, would my Warrior Guides project serve as useful proof to the power and value of teamwork? I will let you be the judge of that but the answer for me is a resounding “yes”. Has the project itself proved value? Financially, we are still in the early stages of marketing and promotion. But I have already met nine other wonderful people that have proven themselves to have definite skills in a wide range of areas and who have the ability to collaborate in a positive way on a complex project.
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