Thursday, 09 April 2015 04:54

Teamwork makes the dreamwork

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I first heard the expression “teamwork makes the dreamwork” on the set of NCIS from L.L. Cool J and if I hadn’t already had enough reasons to think he was a cool breeze, that clinched it! He didn’t make it up but he does get the credit for stating a truth that exists not only in television production but everywhere humans come together to combine their talents and resources for a common goal. It’s a versatile concept that applies to teams of 2 and teams of 2000.

But what I really find fascinating is that we can co-work harmoniously at all!

We each have a unique style, approach, comfort zone, preferences, tolerances, quirks, and idiosyncrasies and we’re thrown together to create partnerships that will work efficiently and effectively and generate amazing products that command great sums of money. No biggie.

In production I am constantly assembling teams of people who don’t know each other in pressure situations with tight deadlines to create at their highest level and work seamlessly with others. Assemble, Create, Disband, Repeat. Can that even be done? And how can it be done with grace and ease having the best time possible? Because I definitely want to have the best time possible.

The starting point for me is to understand my own working style and then learn to recognize the working style of others.

Check out this cool system from Mindjet called Workology. It gave me a helpful introduction to my working style, the strengths and the weaknesses, and some pointers on how to grow in my capability to work well with other style types. And I promise a prize to the first person that correctly guesses my type!

Diversity is the spice of life and it makes the workplace go round but it takes knowing how to appreciate and allow for the behavior and style of others to create an environment of enjoyment with a positive outcome. Each of us has our own unique style of processing information, thinking, and problem solving, and by learning to communicate to others in a way they can easily process efficiently, you actually become more productive and create a more harmonious environment.

Learn to appreciate the differences of the people you work with and let them know you value their uniqueness.

Keep in mind that you are in it together and many opinions means many ideas.

Once you begin to understand and respect other peoples working style and process, do your best to adapt to how they like to work. You’ll not only be seen as a team player, you’ll forge new working bonds that will lead you to enjoying your work and your co-workers in new ways and the challenging people will be less challenging than before.

See you on set!


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Jessie Marcus

An award-winning producer, Jessie is known for her ingenuity, positive outlook, calm disposition and sense of humor, all valuable skills when working with networks, studios, and agencies with strong personalities in high-pressure situations.

With over a decade of experience as a freelance Producer, Jessie can be found shooting projects on the high seas with Disney, backstage with BET, on the streets of NYC with USA network and Freeform, as well as worldwide with the likes of Oxygen, TBS, E! Entertainment, and others.

Her numerous credits include projects ranging from commercials, movie and TV promos to music videos, co-branded entertainment, magazine shows, interactive media, documentaries, and PSA’s. She loves what she does and it shows!

Jessie completed a 3-year Master’s Program in Spiritual Psychology, adding another tool to her bag of tricks and bringing those skills to the fast-paced, quick turnaround, production world as well as to her life coaching practice.

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