I’ve got to tell you. It can be really tempting to want to just take over an entire project and do everything individually. As a definite Type A personality, I can tell you that this temptation is very real for me because I know if I do something, it is going to get done.
The problem with this approach is that if I do this, I am missing out on all the aforementioned benefits of specialization, and I am missing out on what other people do really well. Yes, the project might get done, but who says it will have turned out as well as it could have?
This is really why specialization and community are good things. It may take more work, and it may sometimes force us to work in ways that are slightly unfamiliar to us. However, at the end of the day, the mission is to do what we can to the best of our abilities, and the best of my abilities are certainly not better than the best of our abilities.
This is pretty much true in all of life though. Things that are really good often times take work and dedication. If something is easy to get, it is not always as rewarding (vast generalization here, but I think there is some truth in this idea).
As we consider them the continual process of creative endeavors, I encourage you to think about the people you can come together with to create something special. If organization is your type of thing, help people point all of their efforts in the same direction and let them do what they are good that. If organization is not really your thing, find someone who can help with that process. I really do think that specialization is good when united behind a shared vision. I don’t know that the invisible hand of the market applies nearly as well in projects as it does in real life economics. There needs to be interventions in projects to provide that direction and vision at the end of the day.
I have been experiencing this in my own life for the past several months, and we’re getting very close to a special project becoming public. We have been working hard, and we have brought our vision together to move in the same direction. However, our project has taken the talents of many people and taken advantage of them. I often tell my fellow conspirators that one of the things I am trying to do as our chief motivator is that, in the best way possible, I am trying to exploit them. I want to use the abilities they have for the benefit of the project, and the results have been phenomenal.
I’m so excited to be able to share this with you in the near future, but I’m not going to say anything more for now. However, I can truly say that this project would not be half as excellent as it is if we did not take advantage of the concept of specialization in community.