Teams are an interesting concept and the word ‘teamwork’ always gives a positive impression.
So I’m fascinated by the powers that change an otherwise ‘unteamed’ group of people into a team?
(This post was written over ten years ago and it’s still one of the most popular on our blog, so it’s time to refresh and republish!)
This question first came to mind when I had the good fortune to attend ‘Wintersong 2010’ an annual choral workshop held in the Blue Mountains. The weekend revolved around learning and performing diverse works arranged for choir – with 90 other singers from all over the country.
Composer and musician, Paul Jarman led us in an amazing workshop. In around an hour, we composed and performed a choral work in 7 parts.
My first response when I heard about this plan was ‘this will never work’. To my amazement, it worked brilliantly!
I think we all began working as a team at that point in the weekend. (And arguably for the rest of the weekend, in producing some incredible sounds.)
1. A very skilled and experienced leader;
2. An intention to create something of quality;
3. Goodwill and a desire to cooperate;
4. Diverse ideas and abilities; and
5. A specific goal, with a defined timeframe.
Do these things make a team? Or am I getting carried away with the analogy?
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