Recently I was driving my son Jonathan and his friend, Amanda, back from orchestra rehearsal. They were rehearsing a piece that would include Philadelphia Orchestra trumpet player, Tony Prisk. I casually asked the kids, "So, what did you think of the rehearsal?"
Amanda replied, "You know, I really didn't think I was going to like the Tony Prisk piece. It sounded kind of weird when I played it by myself. And they didn't have it on YouTube so I couldn't hear what the whole piece sounded like. I was pleasantly surprised when everybody played it as an orchestra. It sounded great, and it was really fun to play."
The fact is, when you play a role in isolation, without the bigger view, it can lead to a sense of discomfort, isolation, and a lack of enthusiasm. Here are three things you can do right away to make sure your people aren't isolated players struggling to perform without the full score:
- Clearly communicate the vision
- Demonstrate how the short-term activities align with achieving that vision
- Bring the team together on a consistent basis to align, collaborate, harmonize, and effectively orchestrate the final result.
I've seen it time and again. When people see how their pieces fit into the whole, they immediately become more motivated, excited and engaged in the process.