Creativity and trust are important and beneficial factors for increasing workplace performance. In two case studies, Sid Caesar and Miles Davis virtuoso teams have common themes, such as generating creativity, focusing on trust, and intense time pressures. Virtuoso teams represent a dominate approach to getting work done in a business environment. Creativity enables virtuoso teams to solve problems and leverage opportunities through the integration of divergent thoughts and perspectives.
Virtuoso Teams Common Themes
In nearly any area of human achievement business, sports, and politics you will find teams that produce outstanding and innovative results. Sid Caesar’s virtuoso team pulled off the unthinkable by staying on top in the comedy entertainment business for nine years, where television is notorious for the unpredictability of its audience (Boynton & Fischer, 2005). Caesar directed the team rather than micro managed, he nurtured an environment to spawn creativity. The extent to which Caesar effectively influences others and performs his role shows genuine concern and acts that enhanced his trustworthiness with his team.
Unlike traditional teams which are typically made up of whoever’s available, regardless of their talent; virtuoso teams consist of star performers who are handpicked to play specific roles. Some teams produce the best results when forced together and under strict deadlines. Virtuoso teams embrace challenges and accept the risk of exposure and career damage if the project fails. Caesar’s team was big risk-makers. The team rejected the traditional stereotypes by giving the customer well thought out material that contributed to the vision and who the team was (Boynton & Fischer, 2005).
Miles Davis accomplishments, though similar to Caesar’s was achieved with three all-star bands of the best talent, who had the freedom to express him/her self through the music created. Davis a leader of virtuoso teams, assumed different kinds of roles and used different management tools than those expected from traditional leaders. Davis created an environment where virtuoso teams could perform at the level of an expert with the freedom to express who he/she was through music and trust.
Listening was a common theme for both Caesar and Miles’ virtuoso teams. Virtuoso teams comprise people who have mastered the art of listening without fear, of allowing others to speak without reacting strongly or negatively to what are being said, or what they anticipate will be said. Through listening a leader and virtuoso team can create energy without consuming it. By being willing to listen it creates an illusion of belonging, while establishing creditability and trust. Davis believed that listening to each team member was a critical competency for a leader of virtuoso teams (Boynton & Fischer, 2005). Listening and understanding are important factors in managing team conflicts.
Caesar and David Approach to Virtuoso Teams
Sid Caesar, a comic...