heroic documents - i’m guilty
Was reading more of the 10th anniversary version of the Cluetrain Manifesto (nerd alrert), and came across a situation that I am completely and regularly guilty of: the heroic document.
I want to make a plan, a project outline, a creative brief, a whatever, so amazing, and ALL MINE. I made it. I am the smart one. The annoying thing is that of course I don’t have all the answers, and the plans or outlines or whatevers I’m creating impact my coworkers’ actual jobs.
I had a strange realization a few months ago, what it really means to be a team player. I always thought that it meant “pitch in and do your fair share”. I never realized that it meant doing whatever you do in a way to set the whole group up to win. That the “assist” is what makes the goal possible. That the guy that runs block (??) in football is the guy who allows the goal to be scored - if he thinks he has to be the one actually scoring, then everything’s off. (or whatever - you get the point).
I wonder if my ineptitude for team sports in school was a sign of this mindset (or if really, I just fuggin hated playing Volleyball with Jeanette).
I am trying to fight the “get it perfect before you present it to the team” mentality. I’m trying to learn that its sometimes better to come to the table with a clear idea of what the objective is, then bullshit about it with everyone who will have a hand in it.