Let’s be honest, working on a team has a lot of benefits, but it can also be complicated. And as an entrepreneur, you’re pretty good at just getting things done by yourself. Why should you bother with a team? And if you do, how will you make it work smoothly?
Here are some thoughts, from a team members’ point of view, for how you can lead your team well through creative or brainstorming projects.
I’ve been writing songs since I was 6 years old. It started out as a hobby, however, I now get to put it to use writing songs with my church’s worship band. We have 2-4 “writing days” per year, and in this short time, our small collection of writers cranked out an entire album’s worth of songs plus some for the next album. That’s because our leader has given us a clear roadmap of where we want this project to end up.
Set achievable goals. Make a list, keep a spreadsheet, paint it on a sign and hang it over your bed—whatever you need to do to keep your eye on the prize! With a well-organized plan, you might find that you accomplish even more than you had hoped!
Set a reasonable timeline, and prioritize the critical tasks. Ensure the “ask” is clear and feasible within the deadline. I remember one time our writing group had chosen too broad a concept for a song, so we wrote a verse and a chorus, but ran out of time before we completed the song. Nothing kills team energy like having an overly broad task, or a deadline cutting off the creative flow.
Put together a team with strong chemistry. The final product will be worth it as they synergistically develop the original idea. I have been in writing groups with people that I love, but just don’t click with when it comes to writing. I have also been in writing groups where laughter is on tap 24/7. Guess which groups produce the best songs?
If your team is skillfully managed, marked by a willingness to contribute, and isn’t embroiled in power struggles, the project can be productive, fun and time-effective. Go build that team and get started on your next project!