By: Amanda Medlen, RID, NCIDQ, LEED ID + C
While scrolling through my recent LinkedIn news feed, I ran across an article title that really grabbed my attention. The article was entitled, “Steve Jobs did not invent the iPhone.” I was almost about to shout blasphemy! I was interested to see exactly where this article was going to go, talking about the man whose name is almost synonymous with the world of Apple. The author even went so far as talking about other notable inventions and their respective “inventors.” I mean, who does tag Thomas Edison as the SOLE inventor of the light bulb?! Mind blowing, right?!
The truth was that these brilliant inventions had an innumerable amount of teammates and contributors behind them…not just one!
I have come to see this first hand in my day to day work on projects, both large and small. Even one of the smallest projects on my list currently has multiple disciplines involved in order to make the best advised decision. Each person has their own specialty, and brings valuable information to the table. Whether it’s the electrician that tells us where the power can be placed or how not to overload a circuit, the engineer who knows the proper ventilation and how this new instrument will affect the air balance of the laboratory, the product representative who knows the ins and outs of the unit itself, the scientist who operates this type of unit day in and day out….so on and so on. I think you get the point! I can’t even fathom the outcome if one of these individuals were to solely be responsible for the entire project. Yikes!
Even outside of “specialty” services, I have seen and witnesses the benefits of mixed generational teams. The insights, life experiences and technical skills range across the spectrum and the beauty of them all working in harmony is truly inspiring and powerful. Our IDO team has really evolved over the years and I am extremely proud of each and every individual. Their contributions, dedication and spirit are what will continue to grow and strength IDO Incorporated.
To the entire team, I say “Cheers” to many, many more successful years. Thank you ALL so much for your hard work and dedication. This company would not be where it is today without each and every one of you giving it your all!