Team Development: Continue to Develop Your Craft, Focus on What’s Important

When seeking for ways to help grow your team, be aware of certain "what not to do" pitfalls, beginning with expecting your team members to work on improving in their craft on their own.

Team Development: Continue to Develop Your Craft, Focus on What’s Important
There are two types of stress. The useless kind is coming down on mess-ups like a ton of bricks, to where you would say, “How dare you not hit a home run!” Saying something like this, or thinking like this, will just make people want to stop swinging.
Team Development: Continue to Develop Your Craft, Focus on What’s Important
There are two types of stress. The useless kind is coming down on mess-ups like a ton of bricks, to where you would say, “How dare you not hit a home run!” Saying something like this, or thinking like this, will just make people want to stop swinging.

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VonMinden WFX 2017

Nathan was a speaker at WFX this year in Dallas. For 2018, the conference is slated for Orlando in November. We hope to see you there.

I remember once feeling terrible for going to Barnes & Noble during office hours while blowing off work, so that I could do some reading on filmmaking and production. I had to get all of my real work done, and instead sneaked out the back door, while everyone else was singing, “Happy Birthday,” in the break room.

I didn’t want anyone to know what I was doing.

Once I moved up from the bottom of the totem pole, I insist to the folks that I oversee, to take time to develop themselves.

I made it to my car and pulled out of the parking lot, without getting busted. No one hangs out in the parking lot in summertime, so that part was easy.

Finally, I was able to get out of the hot Texas sun and into the air conditioned haven that is Barnes & Noble, to expand my mind grapes. I had gathered up a stack of books and magazines that I was looking forward to read for free … sorry Barnes.

At that moment, one of the main pastors at the church I was working at then, walked up to me.

Busted.

At that moment, I looked up much like I probably would have a couple decades ago from the bench outside of the principal’s office, with that dumb look you make, when you’re caught with your hand in the cookie jar.

“Hey, whatcha up to?”, the pastor asked.

I nervously told him that I was doing some reading that was directly related to my job. I then added that I had finished all my work back at the church, and I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I then concluded by stating that I had never done this before, and that this would be the first and last time.

After I finish, the pastor responds by saying, “Developing your craft, I love it!”

He then turns to the intern standing next to him, who I hadn’t noticed at all. The pastor then tells the intern, “You should be doing this,” then turns back to me and asks, “How often do you get out to expand yourself like this?”

I told him that I did so about once a month, to which the pastor simply replied, “Cool.” They then walked off.

Since that incident, I have never felt bad about this kind of thing. In fact, once I moved up from the bottom of the totem pole, I insist to the folks that I oversee, to take time to develop themselves.

When developing my teams, whether volunteer or staff, I am looking for them to grow in three specific areas. I want them to grow in their craft. For example, are they getting better at running a camera, designing a T-shirt, playing a guitar? Or I want them to grow in networking.


More About Nathan VonMinden
Nathan VonMinden is the creator of www.VisionMakersCourse.com, and has produced and directed hundreds of short films and the award-winning feature documentary Uganda Man (2011). He has spent the last 13 years serving in large churches as a full-time filmmaker and live producer. He currently serves the church by producing films, lyrics videos, and live production. Nathan is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently producing new films about Bible Smuggling and the Challenger disaster. Feel free to email Nathan with any questions or ideas at nathan@visionmakerscourse.com.
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