I realized yet again, that I love to collaborate. As a Technical Director, I don’t necessarily “do” anything, other than try to set other people to do what they do. If I can get out of the way or get other things out of the way so people can bring their best, then I have succeeded. This doesn’t happen without lots of collaboration.
For people to bring their best, means they need to be allowed to make choices that I wouldn’t necessarily make. For them to succeed, I need to learn the difference between my way of being right (and theirs wrong) and my way of just being different. On some level, it would be so much easier to not collaborate and just tell everyone how I want everything to be. The problem is that most people can’t function very long just being told what to do at every turn. Eventually, they turn off their brains and just become robots…but at least things are done the exact certain way.
I will wrestle and struggle my way to collaborate as a first choice every time. I know that collectively, the group has way better ideas than me alone. If I restricted our team to just what I know and what I think, it would be a very stale and dull environment.
There is definitely a baseline of how things should be. That should be defined and everyone should know what those things are. Above the baseline, I want to release people to bring their best so that what we do can have the maximum impact.
If you lead production folks, how can you release people to bring their best? How can you change your process to allow for more collaboration?