Since the start of my career, I experienced two very different environments. In my previous role, I had a great manager and enjoyed the others that were working around me. But that’s all we did: work around each other with little to no interaction. Despite successfully getting all my work done, something was missing.
In my first week at Sendero, I quickly learned the benefit of frequent team touch points. Each time the team met I learned something new about a teammate, allowing me to build personal relationships and feel comfortable bringing up a problem. I knew that a door was always open if I needed help, whether it was a work problem or even a personal problem.
Things aren’t always perfect. There have been times when I’ve collaborated with a teammate and we couldn’t seem to agree on anything. In those challenging moments, I’ve found that the most effective use of your time can be achieved by stopping your ‘work’ and focusing on getting to know the person in front of you.
When you get to know someone as a person, you get better insight into how they work, and the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place – why your coworker focuses on certain solutions over yours; why they choose to communicate in the manner they do; why your differences don’t have to drive you apart but make you stronger.
When you get to know someone as a person, you get better insight into how they work, and the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place.