A Tuesday evening Tweet from Shannon Ritter (@micala) started the idea for this post, so I must start by thanking her for the spark.
Shannon reminded me that, far too often, we don’t give ourselves enough credit for doing a good job most of the time. Hell, even when we’re doing an excellent job, we tend to find reasons to criticize ourselves.
That kind of thinking is no good – especially for those of us who work in one-person shops where there’s no one else to remind us that we’re managing to keep all the plates spinning in the right direction. It seemed like a post about what Armies of One do well was a great idea. Thanks, Shannon!
So… what DO solos do well? Turns out we do lots and lots of things as well as or even better than larger teams:
- Establishing priorities – An Army of One can’t do it all, so we’re particularly adept at looking at requests and triaging them according to whatever hierarchy dominates our workplaces. We’re also really good at looking at how much something costs and determining the return on investment (ROI) for that item almost instantaneously.
- Breaking down silos – Solos cannot afford to keep everything we do to ourselves. We depend cialis with atenolol too much on contributions (content, photos, advice) from other areas of the business. Even if we don’t have contributors in these areas, we cannot afford to hide what we do if we ever want to get help.
- Knowing something about all the things – When you’re a one-person shop, especially in an area like communication – everyone beats a path to your door for help on every project. You learn a lot about what’s happening in all the parts of the school. That’s tied to, but not the same as, holding your work hostage in a silo. It’s more like everyone wants your help on all the projects. You can use this to become a very valuable fount of institutional knowledge. That deserves a place on a resume.
The point to this post is that – as solos – we cannot afford to pursue negative thinking. We show that the impossible is possible everyday by doing more than a whole team can accomplish some days.
Remember that, solos and small teams. You do good work. Be proud of that.
Let’s continue this conversation on Twitter. Let us know what you do well as a solo or small team… or what you see solos and small teams do well. Tag it #SoloShoutOut.