Orville and Wilbur Wright, while often referred to as the Wrights brothers as if they are one entity, were two very distinct individuals who brought their own contributions to the table during their time pioneering aeronautical work. Orville was a bright and had shown an interest in science and technology at an early age. He tended to be mischievous and not put his schoolwork at the forefront. Orville was not able to complete his senior year of high school so, instead, he dived into college preparatory courses. His studies allowed him to be the frontrunner when it came to the technological aspects of the Wright brothers’ work.
Wilbur, on the other hand, was confident, educated, and outgoing – although he could also shut out the world when needed. During his childhood, he was an excellent student and athlete, seeming to excel as a well-rounded student. By 18 years old, though, Wilbur was given constant care to his severely ill mother. During the three years of nursing his mother, Wilbur found solace in reading and writing, including writing for his father’s political battles in the church.
Teamwork is made up of people with different abilities and talents. Success depends on it. As they say, “no man is an island.” Not only is it important to incorporate this in the challenges that a company may face, but it is equally as important to give recognition for it. People who contribute should each be thanked for their part in making things happen. So the next time you have a team effort, make sure that you acknowledge every wheel that got things moving.