Team Development: The Afterburner – Mission Accomplished

If the clear understanding is that operating in afterburner mode all the time will burn up all the fuel – it is not an efficient way to do things. It is there for when you really need that quick boost to escape harm, with the expectation that one eventually return to normal operating mode.

Team Development: The Afterburner – Mission Accomplished
While an afterburner is helpful in helping an F-16 move out of harm's way, allowing it to increase its speed to 700-800 knots, it is not an efficient way to do things, to expect to run the afterburner continuously. In the same way, expecting a member of the team to execute the same level of service during Christmas week in and week out, will only lead to burnout in a short period of time.
Team Development: The Afterburner – Mission Accomplished
While an afterburner is helpful in helping an F-16 move out of harm's way, allowing it to increase its speed to 700-800 knots, it is not an efficient way to do things, to expect to run the afterburner continuously. In the same way, expecting a member of the team to execute the same level of service during Christmas week in and week out, will only lead to burnout in a short period of time.

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Having spent more than 20 years as a volunteer at my church, and also 20 years as a systems integrator – I have had the opportunity to see how teams work on both sides of the coin.

I know in my travels and talking with friends who work in churches as tech directors or worship leaders, the normal work flow is enough for two to four people, but week in and week out, you are asked to do it by yourself.

That coin exemplifies being the person in charge on one side, and the person not in charge on the other. What is it about teamwork that is so powerful?  An F-16 cannot carry out any mission on its own, and the pilot cannot either, without the F-16.

There are countless books out there telling the stories of different teams and how they came to a level of success or reached some pinnacle of excellence. The problem in life is that it is not a painting that you “finish,” as it is always in motion and dynamics are changing. To keep a team working – it takes continual refueling, otherwise entropy (rust) takes over.

For me personally, one of the biggest things I have learned is that my view or perspective is usually very different from that of my coworker or leader. If I take the CEO position and look at my business financials – I may decide that in order to reduce my taxable income, I should buy a new truck. Here the question comes – who should drive that truck? Should I let my team keep driving 10-plus year old vehicles that are breakdown-prone, and have a high emotional cost on my technicians, or should I buy myself a new cowboy Cadillac?

You may wonder – how does this relate to me?

Well from one side, business choices need to be made daily, no matter if it is a church or a business. My pastor has taught that God is not one to just drop a bag of money on your head, but instead He give you wisdom or ability to work, and then He will bless your hand.  He is also the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills … it is just the stewards of said cattle can be stingy at times.

Being that I started working in my church youth group – The Rock - at age 13, when mullets were cool and the Christian rock group DeGarmo and Key was a popular band – the system that was there was just a mashup of what people could cobble together for a sound system. It was not a system that an integrator designed or installed to say the least, and it was far from optimized.

It worked for us and we made the best of it.


More About Stefan Svard
Stefan Svard has been involved with the A/V world for virtually all of his life. His first experience dates back to when he was 13 years old, and fast forward to the present. He now has the opportunity to serve a much larger base of people through his company, Audio Video Electronics, a Minneapolis-based AVL systems integrator, which specializes in sound systems, acoustic design, sound transmission isolation, video systems and lighting systems.
Get in Touch: ssvard@audiovideoelectronics.com    More by Stefan Svard

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