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Building Social Connections

In her wonderful TEDTalk given, Margaret Heffernan discusses the importance of building social connections within working groups. I consider myself lucky to have worked with organizations, such as Villain Theater, that really embrace the culture of helpfulness. I have been on a number of teams over the years, some of which focused on status and hierarchy while others emphasized cohesion and helpfulness. In the few years that I have been working with Villain, the theater has been able to expand both its programming and reach without changing its expenditures. We achieved this by encouraging individuals to lead projects that fit their strengths, and then working as a team to make sure the project goals were achieved. Working in such a supportive environment makes it more likely for individuals to bring innovative ideas to the table and to take risks, since they can trust on their team for support.

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