How to Combine Team and Career In my post, When Not to Take One for the Team, YOU were told that you had to take one for the team by not attending a conference you really want. You might have felt that, in that post, you gave into your boss Gwen’s insistence too easily, but as I pointed out in Downsides of Refusing to Take One for the Team, you can pay a steep price for refusing to accept the decision if you stubbornly stick to your ‘right’ to...

Downsides of Refusing to Take One for the Team In the previous post, YOU made your case for going to an important conference but were overruled by the boss. But YOU might feel that you didn’t fight hard enough. You might be right—more argument might make a difference. However, you could win the battle but lose the war. Winning the battle but losing the war As I have mentioned in other posts, the pressure to get along within a team can be overw...

When Not to Take One for the Team As I covered in the previous post, taking one for the team, or putting yourself at a disadvantage in order to help, is often the right way to go. But sometimes, it isn’t. When to stick to your guns When this is very, very important to you and/or your career. Maybe you need to attend because you are actively scouting for a new job. Naturally, you can’t say that but you need to go. When you think it’s somebody e...

When to Take One for the Team As in life, people who never compromise, volunteer,  or take the wishes and needs of others into account—well, they might be successful but they surely aren’t popular. And frankly, I doubt they are all that successful either. Purely pragmatically, it is in your best interest to be seen as someone who will put the good of the group ahead of your own wishes. From your own experience, I’m sure you know that your coll...

Taking One for the Team? Taking one for the team—it seems to have originated with baseball (thanks, Wikipedia!)—but is often used in work settings. It usually means agreeing to personally take on an unpalatable task in order to help your team.  Let’s look at an example. You work in a large company with a history of developing its people, but upheavals in the industry have meant cutbacks of all kinds. You’ve been in your job for two years and, ...

How to Combine Team and Career
Groupthink / May 22, 2017

How to Combine Team and Career In my post, When Not to Take One for the Team, YOU were told that you had to take one for the team by not attending a conference you really want. You might have felt that, in that post, you gave into your boss Gwen’s insistence too easily, but as I pointed out in Downsides of Refusing to Take One for the Team, you can pay a steep price for refusing to accept the decision if you stubbornly stick to your ...

Downsides of Refusing to Take One for the Team
Groupthink / May 15, 2017

Downsides of Refusing to Take One for the Team In the previous post, YOU made your case for going to an important conference but were overruled by the boss. But YOU might feel that you didn’t fight hard enough. You might be right—more argument might make a difference. However, you could win the battle but lose the war. Winning the battle but losing the war As I have mentioned in other posts, the pressure to get along within a team ca...

When Not to Take One for the Team
Groupthink / May 8, 2017

When Not to Take One for the Team As I covered in the previous post, taking one for the team, or putting yourself at a disadvantage in order to help, is often the right way to go. But sometimes, it isn’t. When to stick to your guns When this is very, very important to you and/or your career. Maybe you need to attend because you are actively scouting for a new job. Naturally, you can’t say that but you need to go. When you think it’s ...

When to Take One for the Team
Groupthink / May 1, 2017

When to Take One for the Team As in life, people who never compromise, volunteer,  or take the wishes and needs of others into account—well, they might be successful but they surely aren’t popular. And frankly, I doubt they are all that successful either. Purely pragmatically, it is in your best interest to be seen as someone who will put the good of the group ahead of your own wishes. From your own experience, I’m sure you know that...

Taking One for the Team?
Groupthink / April 24, 2017

Taking One for the Team? Taking one for the team—it seems to have originated with baseball (thanks, Wikipedia!)—but is often used in work settings. It usually means agreeing to personally take on an unpalatable task in order to help your team.  Let’s look at an example. You work in a large company with a history of developing its people, but upheavals in the industry have meant cutbacks of all kinds. You’ve been in your job for two y...