Be an Outsider

When a new employee enters a creative team she spends considerable amount of time and effort to get into the flow of the company. You have a lot of things to figure out. You need to know how the organization runs, you need to know whom to speak to about specific tasks, you need to know how to integrate with the team and you need to understand and figure out the best way you can contribute and deliver whats expected of you. We spend time and effort and energy to integrate into the team, to become one of the crucial team members to become an insider. 

Consider this: there’s more value in the long term of being an outsider. 

  • An outsider thinks differently
  • An outsider considers new options and new untested solutions
  • An outsider doesn’t know the term “we tried this before and it didn’t work”
  • An outsider has new ideas
  • An outsider looks at the long term
  • An outsider looks for change
  • An outsider embraces risks
  • An outsider seeks out difficult projects
  • An outsider is specialized only when he needs to be
  • An outsider works fast
  • An outsider is outspoken
  • An outsider is feared
  • An outsider is difficult to replace

There’s a value in being an outsider - someone who’s willing to not become part of the machine. Someone who’s not just another cog. Outsiders are the ones who can bring about change to an organization when it’s needed. You need outsiders. They’re rare - that means they’re valuable. 

Dmitry N. Rusakov

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