|By Brendhan Malone,
Vice-President, Central Canada at Eagle
The video below introduces you to this year’s Fight Team in the annual Fight to End Cancer, taking place this year on May 27th in Toronto. These are brave men and women who have stepped out of their homes and offices and into the boxing ring. They are doing so to raise money for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Fight to End Cancer.
I was fortunate enough to step in the ring myself a couple of years ago and I know the commitment required. Eagle has been a proud sponsor and supporter of this event since its inception. This event aligns perfectly with our core values of integrity, excellence and TEAM.
When a fighter prepares to step in the ring, they join a large team of coaches and sparring partners. Everyone is working together, with different responsibilities but towards the same goal. A fighter cannot do this on their own, no single person is a match for a good team.
Business and sports offer natural parallels, none more so than the concept of team. As an independent contractor, one of the main parts of your job is to get up to speed with a new team. Understanding what the team’s goals and overall objectives are can help you align yours the same way. Just as a fight team prepares the fighter for the ring, an IT team prepares a product or service for launch day. Independent contractors are often the newest members of a team that may have been together for a long time. Ensuring you are quickly aligned with the team’s goals and overall objectives will result in quicker cohesion and earlier positive results.
I wrote in an earlier post that it is no longer possible for an independent contractor to live in a bubble. You must be aligned and aware of the business objectives of any IT project. Teams need to work together towards the same goal. It may seem obvious… but every team member has to know what those goals are.
I wish all the fighters and their teams the best of luck as the big day approaches. To all the independent contractors joining new teams, I hope you can align your efforts and objectives as quickly and effectively as possible with a common goal.