I am a self-professed lone wolf, so to speak. Nevertheless, even wolves hunt in packs by necessity.
For other lone wolves out there, I’d like to share a few insights on working with a team while working from home.
And Let Me Introduce to You …
I’ve been with the company for five years. I started as a recruiter but a few years back I switched and today I am a member of the Inside Sales team.
To keep things interesting, and to help out in whatever ways I can, I also help people polish their English, I create illustrations for various and sundries uses, and I even ghost write a bit, too.
Some of you guys know me from the 1-on-1 Dojitos, the English coaching sessions, as well as the weekly English Dojo.
Nearsoft has always felt to me like a family. Although, nowadays the family is growing quite briskly and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. And as with any growing family, growth brings about new challenges and the unavoidable need to adjust to change.
Team Lone Wolf?
Since I happen to work remotely, and have done so for a good amount of time, finding ways to be in touch, to belong has been a challenge. It has not been an easy feat to tackle.
As one of my colleagues put it, I have progressively become a “lone wolf.” I prefer to work at my home office, with occasional visits to one our offices.
Is this good or bad?
Is being a lone wolf something I should stop doing? How can I work in a team when my personal traits sometimes hold me back from being an effective team player?
This is about coping with one’s own communication weaknesses and adapting while staying true to yourself, as an individual.
This is not about technology. It’s about belonging.
It Ain’t Easy
It’s not an easy task. At least, not for me. It has always been difficult for me to get integrated into a new team. Not that I dislike drinking a beer and having a good time, but I personally need more than that.
Group team-building activities are fun, indeed, but for some people—lone wolves included—initiatives like this are not always effective.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
What Are the Options?
So here I am, sort of stuck between the lone wolf’s realm and the need to be and feel part of something larger than myself.
How can I become a building block of a collective effort without feeling as if I were losing what makes me, me? I am still working on answering this riddle.
Recently, thanks in part to the Assessment and my assessment team, I got a glimpse of the light at the end of this particular tunnel. I started to think more about what it means to be part of a team, and how I could contribute to build one.
I believe that in order for team building to truly and homogeneously be effective, there should be a combination of awareness in the minds of the participants as well as the deep desire to get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Each individual may need a bit more than a boost of cheerfulness.
Good, Bad, and Indifferent
When people behave the “wrong” way, whatever that means, we can’t just tell them to stop. We can’t just teach “good” demeanor. When people misbehave or get off the tracks, it’s important to first find out why. This will guide us to get past the symptoms so that real, enduring, all-inclusive answers can be found.
This may sound simple, but in practice, it’s not easy. It takes everybody to commit to honestly look at the issues that come up. It requires us to get to the core problem.
During this process, it is critical to stay on issues. It’s not productive to put people on the spotlight. We need to keep a positive tone throughout it all.
Then we will be able to start working on a real solution. One that entices even the lone wolf to rejoin their pack.