If I say Thomas Edison, what comes to mind?
The light bulb.
You’d be right, and wrong. The light bulb was a product of a team: the dream by Edison, drawn by Batchelor, mathematically proved by Upton, built by Kruesi and Boehm, and tested by Lawson, Force, and Jehl. The reality is that as a genius, Edison built teams of great minds, with a passion for learning, and a commitment for excellence. He’d put together one great team, divide them into small teams with a goal and let them work independent. He is quoted as saying:
I generally instructed them on the general idea of what I wanted carried out, and when I came across an assistant who was particularly ingenious, I would sometimes refues to help him out in his experiments, telling him to see if he could not work it out himself, as as to encourage him.
Edison, the genius of all geniuses, accepted that he alone did not possess all the answers, but together, his team usually did.
I’m reading a book, The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization, and if you are in need of developing a work team, an exemplar team, or as the authors of the book call them “Breakthrough Teams”, you might like to read this book.