Now, even superheroes collaborate
Collaboration has never been easier. There are millions of apps that simplify teamwork and sharing. Even meetings are increasingly replaced by videoconferences using online collaborative solutions.
Now almost everything is not only divisible and shareable, but also ready for collaborative use. Your home, your car, your tools, your leftovers, your taxi ride home... Nothing seems to escape the collaborative revolution. Not even work.
Individualism quietly gave way to individuality, and the importance of achieving collective success to achieve individual success - an idea that the Boomers generation questioned due to their "Me First " ideology - found a place.
Moreover, the world is now so much more complex that individual achievements have become very rare, almost impossible. Now, even superheroes collaborate! Avengers, Justice League, X-Men, the Fantastic 4... Our collective imagination choses collective achievements, preferring to pool strengths and talents, rather than appointing one as superior to another.
The notion of competition seems to have had its day! However…
Why do some still resist?
To work effectively with others, you need to recognize and accept your personal strengths, as well as your weaknesses. We are so used to constantly selling an idea to our boss, convincing our client that we are the perfect person for the job, and proving to our colleagues that we are right, making it difficult for us to have that degree of humility. With an inflated sense of ego, collaboration becomes quite a difficult task.
Moreover, we all know that school did not teach any of us how to use the latest fashionable techno gadget, the 2.5 version of that other app, the latest software to perform a particular task. We must constantly learn new techniques, new tools, new concepts. As a result, we have all become self-taught, and this increases the probability of the impostor syndrome to strike - it can happen to even the most competent of us. When we are feeling unaccomplished, we tend to either exaggerate or downplay our real abilities. Again, without honestly assessing the capacity of our skills and abilities, we cannot be a valuable asset in a team.
But this goes even further. Sometimes, it is the leaders, the decision makers, the project managers who want to find a hero to soothe their own fear of being "incompetent", and as a result, put more pressure on their teams and worsening the imposter syndrome of those around them. And this cycle repeats itself...
What gap do we need to close?
Collaboration can only occur if all stakeholders decide to play the game together. Many things can prevent this from happening. Right now, a solid representation of the evolution of work and remuneration is the "Uberization" taking place in a growing number of industries.
Here is some food for thought to rethink the relationship between work and remuneration, and encourage collaboration in the workplace...
Can we challenge the status quo of fixed remuneration (monthly salary)? Should we adopt a salary cap like the professional sports industry has (North American Professional Hockey League (NHL), Football (NFL), Basketball (NBA), Soccer (MLS), Baseball (MLB))? Should we pay people for tasks done collaboratively?
At 2PS, we decided to draw inspiration from the mechanisms that exist in the MMORPG-type video games. The creators of online video games like World of Warcraft or League of Legends motivate players to work together to kill a monster, rescue a princess, complete a level, etc. When players collaborate, they evolve and get access to more advanced levels - where they need to collaborate again. Collaboration is the key to success within the game.
Similarly, in our model, the reward for collaborating is gaining access to the next rewarding task.