As for me job is doing great since I am literally buried in a vast, creative schedule for the next months with some fairly important projects in it as well. I am going through very interesting experiences day by day and I thought of sharing some stern but (what I hope to be) helpful remarks for fellow young designers and artists and photographers because I am slowly learning that All that glitters is not gold .
I am quickly learning that individualism is not such a great thing after all because when you can manage a good team work, your projects are going to be richer and far more interesting. But a good team work is easier said than done and especially in Italy very few people understand the mighty importance of it.
Things you really want to avoid when you are working on team are:
- Being on team with a bunch of random people who have no interest in what they are doing: choose trusted people who are serious about what they do,hard working and creative;
- Acting like you are the centre of the universe: this may sounds a bit dramatic but believe me when I say this is one of the most common problems in teamwork. You may be used to be an individualist but when you are in a teamwork try to remember you are no king with servants: every person in the group is much as important as the other. If you act arrogantly, people will start, faster or slower, to dislike you and you will build up a negative reputation.
- Being dishonest: try to tell things directly to the person you might end up having an issue with. Talking behind backs and then staying silent in front of the interested person is a horrible way to deal with the problem. People will think you are not to be trusted with and again your reputation (ad job) will be ruined. Honesty and courage are fundamental, especially when you are a creative and you work with communication.
- Being confusing about team people positions: each member should be given a clear and unique position inside the team and a unique responsibility to be trusted with. Remember to name at least one person who will take charge of supervising everything and take care that everything goes smoothly;
- Choose friendship over professionalism: friendship is a great thing but it doesn’t mix well with job in most of cases. Working with a friend is great but remember that they aren’t your friends when they are working with you, they are professionals.
I would love to hear your opinion about it and if you have some personal advice or experience on the matter you feel sharing with us. Don’t be shy!