There has always been a problem when it comes to high-pressure projects.
Who is doing the most?
Whether it’s how many hours you are putting in, how green your presence icon is, how green your github check-ins look, how many meetings you have, or who is pumping out the most bugs – the question never goes away.
It’s a dumb question because when you think about it – if one person is doing most of the work – what is the point of the rest of the team.
Sometimes it happens without you realizing, people keep giving you more and more work to do because you are “great at getting things done” or “you know what has to be done” or “you get it better than anyone else” (feel free to insert any additional flattering statements here).
But that isn’t helping your team if you are taking on the workload.
If it’s happening to you, you’re most likely feeling it, it’s not a competition because you know you already won (read lost).
It’s what you do next that matters.
And what you need to start doing is sharing the load, giving others a chance, letting the team grow.
You might be the best person to get the job done, but that’s only in the short-term and in the long-term, we need more than you, we need the team.
Because without a team to scale, it doesn’t matter who is doing the most.