"Why do I care if I get along with my co-workers or not?"
This bold statement came from a young woman participating in a workshop I was delivering at a Halifax cosmetology school a couple of years ago. It was more of a statement than a question.
Oddly, it actually shut me up for several seconds. Not because I didn't know the answer but because I was surprised that she didn't.
That day we brainstormed 6 key reasons why getting along with other people is critical to any success. Working together, we can achieve these things that we cannot accomplish alone:
More creative solutions. When we bounce ideas off each other, we arrive at better solutions than we would alone.
Implementing complex plans and strategies. Because the work can be divided, together we can tackle complex projects more effectively than we can alone.
Learning from others' skills and experiences. When we work with others, we also learn from others.
Endurance. If one person is responsible, the loss of that person can cripple an undertaking. When we rely on others, the loss of an individual may be difficult, but our work will continue.
Increased motivation. We want our colleagues to see our very best effort.
Getting feedback. When we work with others, we benefit from feedback that is essential to our continued growth.
Being an entrepreneur, getting along with practically everyone is important. As you build your business relationships, keep in mind that there are lots of good reasons to make them flourish.
Originally published in Work Better, Not Harder on November 30, 2010