The Perfect Team

09 May

So, six guys walk into a room and see a glass cup on a table with some water in it, the 1st guy claims its half empty, the 2nd guy says its half full and an argument ensues, while they are still bickering, the 3rd guys stops them “are you guys sure its water? Who put it there? Why is it in a glass cup? While they are struggling to follow his train of thought, the 4th guy plops on the chair with feet on the table thus spilling the water. The 5th guy rescues the cup from the assault and tries to drink the water. The 6th guy intervenes and asks, is everyone thirsty? How do we share this cup of water or do we need to get more?


   Meet the perfect team – The Pessimist, The optimist, the resource person, the Impulsive one, the opportunist and the strategist. Teamwork is essential in project organization and completion and it starts from selecting the right members on the team, right in the sense of their frame of mind, and the way they think and tackle problems. You have to recognize the inherent differences in individuals so as to fully maximize them. Where some see problems, some see challenges, where some see stumbling blocks; some see stepping stones and that doesn’t make anyone of them more or less useful; As long as they are deployed accordingly.

   I start with the pessimist for a reason, not because I am one (I am an eternal optimist) but because they are usually very visible, they say things as they see it so they’ll probably speak up first. lets say the team was tasked to come up with solutions to a particular problem, the team gets together to brainstorm and when someone gets an eureka moment, relays a nice idea, the pessimist is automatically fitted to see the flaws in the plan, he quickly points out to reasons why it would not work. Which is good, he points out the flaws and you remodel the plan. You don’t throw it away because of what someone says, no! You work around it. To present a virtually foolproof plan, you need a practicing pessimist. They are to the idea what fire is to gold.

   The optimist is that guy who starts nodding his head even before the person with the idea has gone half way with its narration. “Oh yes, it can work!” this person may wilt under the challenge of the pessimist or fight back depending on the person’s temperament (a matter for another day). The optimist is willing for it to work so much that he might count some variables as unnecessary hence the need of the pessimist. And once the plan is formulated, he would do anything within his power to see its fruition. He has very positive energy, enthusiastic and inspiring; they bring zeal to the table and keep it there.

   Every team needs a resource person, the google(resourcefulness) or Wikipedia(resources) who knows it all, let me say at this point that at times, “it’s not your resources that matter, but your resourcefulness – the ability to get what you need, when you need it”. So this person gets you all the information you need to make the best decision. He may or not be a nerd, but his presence is key. Remember information is power, so you want to have as much power as possible.

   There are those times when you have to “just do it!” those times when planning and counter planning is nothing but a waste of time, the impulsive one sees it, goes ahead to do something and face the consequences later. Which are usually forgivable because they usually save the day. But the sour truth is “not every day needs saving”. So they should have another major role on the team with their impulse as an added advantage. You can say they are the ‘muscle‘ of the team, they bring boundless energy to play (just like Ramires).

   The opportunist sees opportunities, where someone sees garbage; he is seeing the recycling and making money off it. They are just wired to see opportunities. For instance I heard a story of a man who was posted to one far off county where they do not wear shoes, on seeing that, he immediately asked for a transfer out of the “God forsaken hell hole”. The next person that was posted to the county got there and saw the condition. He came back home, gathered all his savings, even borrowed more money; which he used to buy shoes to sell in the county. In no time he became one of the richest men there. So his presence is key to reducing costs and maximizing profits.

   The strategist is that person who asks the right questions and provides solution to them; he sees the organization as a whole and knows the pros and cons of any decision taken so this automatically makes him the team leader. He plans, he schemes, and he plots. He is tactical in his approach to things; he sees the big picture, not just isolated pixels. Very foresighted and is willing to carry the teams weight on his shoulders.

With these 6 guys working together, they would achieve more; because their planning will be immaculate and execution impeccable with outstanding and extraordinary results.

So back to the first paragraph, when you read it, which did you think you were? Honestly drop a comment below.


Asala Boluwaduro

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3 responses to “The Perfect Team

  1. Emmanuel

    May 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Yes Boss! That’s my boss speaking. U and WORDS…Arrgghh!

  2. Angela

    February 21, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I was told today by an instructor at school that I am an opportunist. Im not sure how to take it. I am confused because of the descrption of an opportunist being manipulative using others to their own benefit. The opportunist almost sounds as if they have no soul or conscience. Yes, I am an opportunist although I do not hurt nor take advantage of others. Im motivated and eager to learn and better myself. I see opportunity and I go for it if I want. Why does almost everything I read about opportunist sound so horrible?

    • hasarla

      February 21, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Angela, thanks for dropping a comment. Let me point something out to you. Without opportunists, who sieze the moment and turn it into gold, we wont be where we are today. We’d probably still be in the stone age. Opportunists are very much needed. Angela, YOU are very much needed. Just dont be to focused on getting results that you dont care about how you get them and if people get hurt in the process. But for the sake of all that is good, please dont stop being who you are. Thank you, and see you at the TOP!


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