#193 from R&D
Innovator Volume 4, Number 12
biochemist whoís been working for a small company ever since it
was founded ten years ago. Most
of our key patents came from my ideas, and Iíve been
well-rewarded through salary raises, bonuses, and personal
recognition. I have
been very happy here and continue to be very productive.
However, I like
doing things by myself. That
doesnít mean I donít go to other people when I need advice,
and that doesnít mean I donít let other people get advice from
me. I just like being alone in the lab, working hard to fulfill
an objective. All of
my work ties in to various company projects.
No one has complained about the way I workóuntil now.
You see, our
company has recently been purchased by a large corporation.
We were told originally that our policies and practices
wouldnít change. Supposedly,
that companyís executives realized that our productivity
requires a unique environment.
They told us that it would be silly for them to interfere
with that environment. ďWhy
mess with something thatís working very well?Ē
Here we are, six
months after being taken over, with a corporate executive now
telling us that we arenít sufficiently disciplined and that we
must all work in teams.
Teams have to be defined, leaders have to be chosen, and
monthly reports are required.
I neither want to be a team leader nor a team memberóeven
though I feel that I am a great company citizen.
Itís not that
Iím being stubborn. I
just know that with all the coordination, planning, reporting,
arguing, etc. that will now be required, I wonít enjoy my
research, and I probably wonít be as creative as Iíve been.
I sure wish they
could make an exception (as a formal team participant) for me.
My productivity would remain high.
If Iím forced to participate in these team activities, I
really feel that my value will decrease.
Iíve never done well in group activities.
The president of
my small company supports me.
Itís just that he may not be able to defend my
independence before the new parent company executives.
Iíve asked if he would be willing to hide my non-team
membership, but he says that it would soon be found out, and he
doesnít want to cause problems with the new corporate
My basic nature
is that of a loner, and by being a loner Iíve come up with all
sorts of neat discoveries that have helped the company.
In fact, itís my independence that has allowed me to have
such a creative careeróIíve managed to keep from falling into
Anyone out there
whoís been in the same boat?