Uncommon teams are never made in the microwave, but are slow cooked over time.
So what are a few of the keys to developing uncommon creative teams?
Andrew Carnegie once said:
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."
And really, that's what we all desire to be part of uncommon teams, right?
There are a few things that every uncommon team shares. First, they rally around the vision. They know what the "why" is and they are passionate about sharing the "why" with everyone.
What is the vision that God has for your team? What is the "why" behind the work that you are doing today? If you don't know your "why," the vision, you will lose direction and never ever accomplish anything uncommon.
Uncommon teams care about each other.
I once heard financial author Dave Ramsey say that "Leaders pull and bosses push." If you are going to pull your team forward, it is going to require that you develop a relationship with them. Great leaders know the passion points of each teammate and work to set their teammates up to win.
On our team we fight for family.
We care about each other, we invest in each other, and we protect each other. Doing those things grow roots that allow us to navigate tough times and moments of conflict. Everyone, especially creative people, want to know that they are valued, accepted, and loved.
Great leaders also understand that for a team to become uncommon, they have to be able to navigate expectations.
I think that expectations end up being the number one trap of most teams.
So many teams show up for work, give their absolute best, leave work thinking they are "winning," only to find out they were not even close to hitting the expected target.
In order for teams to become uncommon, the "win" must be crystal clear and well communicated. Once it is, everyone knows what is expected and can do their best work to make those expectations become reality!
Finally, uncommon teams learn to balance inspiration, discipleship, and execution.
All three are vital, but rarely do all three manifest at the same level.
We have seasons when we are more inspired, more centered on the things of Christ, and other times when we are more in our grind mode just getting things done.are not yet the leader of a team, you still get to lead yourself.
Your personal approach and leadership matter and God has gifted you the ability to work in a creative field, to do work that matters and draws people to Him, and that is an honor.
Steward it and steward it well.
Show up every day, give all you have, pray like you never have, fight for your creative best and watch what God does with your efforts. You have what it takes!
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Stephen Brewster has 15 years in professional creative environments including music marketing and management, artist development, creative team leading and art directing. As Creative Arts Pastor, Stephen leads the creative team in dreaming, creating and executing experiences, communications, music and more for all areas of ministry at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tenn. He lives in Franklin, Tenn., and loves to spend time with his wife, Jackie, and their four children. Check out his blog at stephenbrewster.me and follow him on Twitter at @b_rewster.