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Teamwork Personified

Andrew Carnegie said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Are you getting the most out of your team at work? Does each person on your team work well together?

How would you like to see an example of teamwork at its very best? If you were with me, as an audience member, during the live broadcast from Russia of the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra’s production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the AMC Theater, you would have seen the very finest example of teamwork in the world.

In the first scene the audience was transported to the Masked Ball in Verona, Italy where Romeo, Alexander Volchkov, a handsome young man and Juliet, Anna Nikulina, a beautiful young woman meet for the very first time and dance together at the ball. The couple were smiling and danced together with energy, enthusiasm and joy. When Romeo lifts Juliet in the air you felt her trust and passion for Romeo. She knew she could rely on Romeo to catch her. Their timing was impeccable. It was as if they had been dancing together forever.

During this scene the Corps de Ballet, all handsome and beautiful dancers were smiling at their partners as they danced as couples with energy, commitment, and enthusiasm with impeccable timing.

Every gesture and movement of the solo dancers and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet was done as a team with enthusiasm, conviction, and commitment. Each member knew their part, encouraging and supporting the other, and could be relied on to catch the other in a jump or any movement. It was poetry in motion. A dialogue of dancing with gestures and facial expressions, without words.

The audience witnesses the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet and their secret wedding with Friar Lawrence marrying them. The soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de ballet worked together as a team with the step-by-step choreography of Yuri Grigorovich from the original music score of Sergei Prokofiev from the 1978 production.

During the intermission the audience was invited back stage to watch the soloists and Corps de ballet, dancers, practicing the sword fight scene and other parts of the ballet with their partners. Dancers were working together as a team concentrating on making each movement together so it was seamless. Dancers practiced with energy, enthusiasm and joy dancing together with their teammates. Their movements were fluid, in perfect rhythm and harmony. These are athletes of the highest caliber who enjoy their work.

The audience also saw during the intermission, the orchestra members practicing their parts with joy and enthusiasm. We heard orchestra sections practicing together and principle players playing their solos. Each musician was concentrating and working to do their very best work with their team members to make this “Romeo and Juliet” production special.

Throughout the entire ballet , each member of the ballet company worked as a team member and knew their part. Precision was in every scene including when Juliet takes the elixir to put her to sleep and the scene when Romeo thinks she is dead and takes poison to join her.

Many years ago, I had the pleasure of playing in the viola section with the Bolshoi Ballet’s Orchestra when they came to play at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. They were a joy to work with as the Bolshoi musician and dancers loved working together as a team to make the “Romeo and Juliet” Prokofiev production memorable , special, fresh and new for the audience.

What are the three lessons on teamwork you can learn from the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”?

1)   As a team have a clear vision and picture of what you want each member of your team to do and have a step-by-step plan to do it. Soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de ballet worked together as a team with the step-by-step choreography of Yuri Grigorovich from the original Sergei Prokofiev’s production of 1978. The orchestra also worked as a team with its Conductor Andrey Anikhanov, Concertmaster, and other principal players of each section of the orchestra working together with a clear big picture of how they wanted to play for their dancers.

2)   Each member of the team has a job they are expert at doing, they know their jobs well, and they work with their teammates joyfully with precision.

3)   Each team member can be depended on, is committed to doing their best, is encouraging, works with energy and enthusiasm to support their team members to reach their goals.

So, remember to choose the members of your team wisely, make sure they are experts and enjoy working with your other team members. Make sure everyone on the team understands your organization’s vision and has a picture of what you want your goal or dream to look like. And also have a step- by- step plan of action just like Yuri Grigorovich and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Zig Ziglar said it best, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

Madeline Frank, Ph.D., DTM, John Maxwell Team Member, and Certified World Class Speaking Coach is an Best Selling Author, sought after speaker, business owner, teacher, researcher, and concert artist. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Businesses”. Her innovative observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your businesses successful. She writes a monthly newsletter “Madeline’s Monthly Article & Musical Tips Blog” and a monthly radio show “Madeline’s One Minute Musical Radio Show”. She has just published her new book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget” available in print or as an e-book.

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