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.
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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.
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.
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.
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