This question came to mind last weekend, 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 this was suggested was ‘this will never work’. To my amazement, it worked brilliantly!
I think we were working as a team at that point. (And arguably for the rest of the weekend, in producing some incredible sounds.)
For this project we were a team and not just a group because we had:
1. A leader who was very skilled and experienced;
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.
What do you think?
Do these things make a team? Or am I getting carried away with the analogy?
Please post your comments below.
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