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Why Understanding Corn & Beans is Important for Team Building?

Richard Fall
October 05, 2017

I spent my professionally formative years in the heart of Silicon Valley. I moved to the Midwest of the US several years ago–what I used to think of as “fly over” states resolved into a vibrant, abundant part of the country. Silicon Valley map Depending on the time of year, I drive by fields being prepared for planting, or crops of corn and soybeans in full bloom, or dried plants being harvested by amazingly complex machinery. It’s been an eye opener, to say the least. However, in addition to the direct observations of how important the Midwest is to the US–indeed, to the world–in providing food and feed stocks, something else crept into my mind recently. As we move forward in our careers, we understand that we must rely on others to accomplish the “big things” in front of us. We cannot do it all–and even if we could, that’s not an approach that would ever scale. So, we hire new talent, and we build teams, and we move forward, always forward. Seeing corn and beans and understanding the relationship is important to understand team building.

About the author

National Solutions Architect | United States
Richard has been a practice lead in the Digital Transformations (formerly Mobility) practice at Sogeti for 2-1/2 years, originally in the Des Moines office and now in the Minneapolis office. In that role, he has lead major architecting efforts at a number of Sogeti clients, resulting in creative solutions to difficult problems, winning client loyalty and business. Richard has also been involved in


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