Friday, November 5, 2010

Golf Team vs. Basketball team

I learned this from a management class I attended recently.

For a Golf team, you add the individual scores up to get the team's score. You put best players together to get the best score.

For a Basketball team, the team members need to work together to make score. You putting the best players together does not means that you have a best team.

As a manager, you have to make people work together. People can do a lot more than what individuals cannot do.

On the other hand, I have learned a old Chinese story: Three Monks, when I was a kid:

A young monk lives a simple life in a temple on top of a hill. He has one daily task of hauling two buckets of water up the hill. He tries to share the job with another monk, but the carry pole is only long enough for one bucket. The arrival of a third monk prompts everyone to expect that someone else will take on the chore. Consequently, no one fetches water though everybody is thirsty.

It is a big challenge for a manager to make people working together so 1 + 1 > 2, or at least 1 + 1 won't less than 2.

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