Thursday, July 19, 2018

Louisville Leopards: Another Model of Teamwork

The Louisville Leopard – Grade 6 graduates.  Please donate and support music education.


The Louisville Leopard, in this video, provide another demonstration of teamwork.

  • Working with, the environment you find yourself in. In this case, they have limited resources: 9 kids, the instruments you see on the stage, and 2 adults.
  • Clear priorities. “We will make an epic version of Bohemian Rhapsody using nothing but xylophones, drums, 11 people (all but 2 of them 6th graders), and a synthesizer.”
  • Strong, respected leadership.  Did you notice the conductor didn’t conduct for the majority of the song?  He gave them the basics, was there when they needed him, and let them do their job.
  • Carefully defined roles. The kids moved around as they needed to fill new roles. I suspect that any of the other kids, if the one kid called in sick, could fill in any other role.
  • Mutual respect between the team members and between the team and the stakeholders. I didn’t see any pushing, shoving, arguments, dirty glances etc.

Yes, this was rehearsed repeatedly. Chances are, the people you work with have rehearsed their roles repeatedly too, across many projects.

Yes, this may be a simplistic example, but how different have your projects been really?

Does it need to be that “complicated?”


FYI – this is the same group that gave Led Zeppelin on xylophones.

Below is the full crew for 2017.

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