Written By
Jason Ward
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September 07, 2012
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What I've learned while working 17 hours straight with SmallBoxers

September 07, 2012

I've only been with SmallBox for two and a half months now. But that has been enough time for me to learn what is important to my coworkers. Among those things are innovation, creativity, productivity... all the stuff you might expect from a group of industry leading thinkers and doers. What I am surprised that I am just now learning about my fellows is that each one cares deeply enough to put up with each others' idiosyncrasies for an entire day without break. Don't get me wrong, this is a great group of people, so their flaws are minimal (he says as they watch over his shoulder while he types). What this observation speaks to is our overwhelming desire to be part of a greater whole, and the exceptional team that has formed as an extension of that desire.  I'm reminded of a recent post on SmallBox's blog in which Jeb, Kasey and I articulate some of the pitfalls that can occur while working on a project. Many of the same issues exist when working on a team. Problems with communication, ego and trust are all too common in many organizations, but even on a crunched timeline and without sleep, the SmallBox team pulls through and works well together. Mad props to, well, us! But even more surprising than the ability of SmallBox to work within itself and without the aid of the Sandman, is the instant cooperation garnered from our partners, represented in this particular instance by ICAN and Lodge Design. They've been exceptional partners, hard workers and steadfast troopers through the last 17 hours. While this is due in large part to the character of ICAN and Lodge's staff and volunteers, it is a common enough occurrence that there is no doubt of SmallBox's role in such successes. In short, cooperation and collaboration are under-appreciated in business. But the 24 Hour Web Project is just one more example of how these qualities can allow organizations to persevere even under the worst circumstances (like an extreme lack of sleep and an overdose of poorly executed twitter posts).