Be a Great Team Player

No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.

—Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

At RIM, in the mid-2000s, e-mail was the dominant form of communications in the company. Everyone had a BlackBerry, and little red message lights rarely stopped flashing. Near-immediate responses became the expectation. Some people stared impatiently at their phones after sending an e-mail and considered it rude if it took more than a couple of minutes for the recipient to respond.

We believed it was a major advantage for us in those days. We had well over 5,000 employees, and we may have been the only company on earth where rapid, multiway communication was pervasive. ...

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