I like these pieces from Rory Noland’s book, The Heart of the Artist. They speak to the things I am interested in: creativity, teams and team work, community, and learning. These particular points are from the chapter, The Artist in Community.
What does it mean to be a part of a team? It means you belong. You belong for two reasons:
- Your gifts and abilities have created a niche for you on the team.
- Your personality has created a place for you on the team.
The Things That Kill Team Work
- Grumbling and complaining
- A competitive spirit
- Unresolved relational conflict
What Does it Mean To Be A Team Player?
- A Team player is committed to the cause of the team
- A Team player is committed to resolving relational conflict
- A Team player encourages and supports his or her teammates
- A Team player holds on to his or her gifts [talents] loosely
- A Team player tries to bring a healthy self to the team
- A Team player doesn’t care who gets the credit or the glory
- A Team player brings all of his or her spiritual gifts to the team
- A Team player sees his or her role as valuable, no matter how small
- A Team player submits to authority
- A Team player doesn’t lose his or her autonomy or artistic identity
Although the book’s written more from an artist’s perspective, the team aspects are applicable across the board. I hope you find them useful in your environment.