Author: David Haynes

In the business world, words such as collaboration, synergy, and crowdsourcing are used to describe the current business philosophy of 'the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.' This approach promotes a work environment where the team shares ideas and works for a more complete solution. So how could anyone be against that?

First, I learn new concepts, ideas, and strategies from my workmates, my clients, and from corporate management. I thank each of them for making me better, stronger, and more agile.

My concern is that the following team traits can happen:


An interesting movie to watch is the final courtroom scene in "The Fountainhead." Ayn Rand, author of the "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" believed that  success should be evaluated on what a person creates, not what is stolen from others. See the famous courtroom speech from “The Fountainhead.”

So, what is my point?

It was suggested to me recently that in the new millennium, all information will be free to all without additional payment, in fact, intellectual property should be shared freely, so 'the whole' will benefit. I reject this notion. What is the motivation for new intellectual property, if there is no monetary gain?

Be a Doer and a Giver. Support with your pocketbook those companies that provide you with new information and new ideas.

This post was originally published on David’s blog Connecting the [Data]...

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       David Haynes
David Haynes, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP
Ideate Director of Consulting

David is a Registered Architect, Project Management Certified Professional, who previously had his own architectural practice and was President of a commercial design–build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of University of Arizona, he has worked as an Architect, contractor, developer and as a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently provides business process analysis, data integration, and change management solutions for AEC clients across the United States involved in the design and construction industry. Follow David on Twitter.