In the modern workplace, certain professionals are referred to as ‘individual contributors’.
These are often people who directly contribute to the output that touches a company’s end customers. They could be developers who write the lines of code to render a company’s website. Or technicians on an assembly line who put the finishing touches on an automobile.
Yet, their contributions aren’t individual. A developer relies on a product manager for insights on what to build. A product manager relies on designers, sales personnel, data-analysts and customers to decide whatever is worth building. This principle would apply to every individual contributor on our interconnected planet.
The modern world is an interdependent and intertwined web, where individual contributions are extinct.