Saturday, April 17, 2010

...How To Train Your Dragon...

I don't really review movies but I have to say that Dreamworks latest movie is strong beyond belief. I saw it on opening night with my wife and we were both blown away. It is the kind of movie that would make a kid want to be an industry creative or just work in the arts on that type of production. Its good to see a well balanced animated movie with action and heart. When you get on a roller coaster and you want to go again, that was a well constructed ride. I am really excited to own this movie and I am hoping that they put out a good double disk, but that is not really a Dreamworks thing.

I must have liked it a lot to do a drawing based off of the movie..shiiii

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Strength of a Team: Part 2

Moving forward together! As creative people we all have ideas that we think are good and will enhance the team’s efforts. There has always been a major issue when everyone has a “good idea”… the issue being too many chefs in the kitchen. The team members have to come together at some point on the strongest idea and most of the group needs to step back and let the leaders push forward. So it may not feel like you are moving forward together but for the sake of getting things done efficiently, most of us have to bite our tongues.

This is not a bad thing; it is just the way it is. A lot of studios have been developed out of the frustration of working for the larger ones. The feeling of not having your ideas heard leads to a lot of creative people wanting to get their vision out to the public… “let’s start a studio!” Eventually that studio will also become a place where other ideas are placed on the back burner because no matter where you are too many chefs spoil the soup.

Moving forward together is not about everyone having a ‘say’… it is about everyone on the team working in their role to the best of their ability and understanding the goals at hand. When the time comes for you to have your voice heard, make sure you are able to articulate with a sense of the higher level goals in mind. If you are asked to share your visions with the rest of the team, put your best foot forward and then you may get a bigger chance to shine. You will inspire others to do the same and make the team stronger.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

The Strength of a Team: Part 1

One of the biggest components of a strong team is the bond. The bond is built by the leader...etc. They are in charge of creating the foundation, culture, and path to success. This task is what will help make the team feel secure and believe in the leadership. Then the team relies on every individual.

The team looks to each other as family. Of course there will be disagreements (just like a biological family) and other issues that arise but everyone understands that no one person is above the team. If anything, the team members will push each other to be better. If the team members do not believe in itself entirely or if the bond has been tainted in a way that makes the outlook towards success questionable, then failure is eminent. Not because the team is going to purposefully do a bad job, but that the COMPLETE FOCUS of the team is not on the finish line. The vision becomes distorted.

The focus goes towards selfish reasons to do a good job.

If the opposite of the above is in place...the focus of working hard becomes selfless and leans in the direction of making something great that the team can be proud of. Over time something great happens... the team begins to learn from each other and understands how one another thinks. The bond becomes very strong and everyone is making the trek towards the finish line TOGETHER with the intention of winning. The formula is pretty simple: take care of your people and they will take care of you.

Push Forward!