So, I’m sitting here contemplating about one of ExeQserve’s core values which is teamwork. Our lunch learn session is coming up and this is the assigned value for the month. We get to reflect about this as a group and talk about how far we can take it. I’ve been reflecting about how much teamwork is really going on in my company because this is really important to me.
I really can’t complain. I have a team with individual members who are willing to go out of their way and help in any way they can to deliver results. When we have workshops that require a lot of marshalls, my accountant, our messenger, our company driver, the marketing assistant, everyone, they’re all trained and willing to take on the role assigned to them even if that’s not what they are paid for to do. They are willing to fill the gaps, if that’s not teamwork, I don’t know what is. My team is very good at collaborating, coordinating and cooperating. What’s festering me right now is the question of how else we can grow in terms of this value? How can we be more successful? What else can we do? I know whatever we are doing now is not enough.
I thought about stage plays. I took mass communication in college. I was a part of theater group called Dulaang Asilaw. Before college, I’ve enjoyed every opportunity to act and perform before a crowd. When I joined Dulaang Asilaw, it was hibernating. It was inactive for a time because all the leaders and actors have graduated. No body knew outside of New Era University that the group hardly exist, that there were no meetings, no projects, no nothing. So, the organizers of the First National Drama Competition sent the school, the Dulaaang Asilaw an Invite. Fitri Grajo, the one tenured member of the group called a bunch of students and convinced us that we can do this. She convinced our course adviser, Elson Montalbo that we can do this. It was a crazy idea. They called for a rush audition and end up with a ragtag inexperienced bunch who decided what the heck.
Make the long story short, we won! We were among the winners. We beat UP, UST and La Salle! We were up there with PUP, Integrated Performing Arts Guild of Iligan, a theater group from Cebu, Ateneo de Naga. Among those groups was New Era College’s Dulaang Asilaw. Not the Dulaang Asilaw of its glory days, but a group of inexperienced amateurs who performed beyond everyone’s expectations, including us, the members. We performed beyond our own expectations.
What was key? Teamwork, a lot of it. But it was more than about individual willingness to help or contribute. It was more than just about filling a gap. It was every single one of us doing beyond what was expected. Fitri wasn’t a director before the show, but she took whatever she learned from Dulaang Asilaw legend directors, Elson Montalbo and Jojo Pineda and brought it to all the rehearsals and to the actual shows. We didn’t get school funding. We had to improvise a lot on our materials. We were fortunate that the play was Ang Paglilitis ni Mang Serapio which is a story about a syndicate of beggars so all we had to do was bring a lot of junks to the stage. The guys in charge of production, Chai, Baby Anita, Anna Liza, Jim, Jim's friend whose name I forgot, Chai's friend whose name I also forgot, they didn’t just bring junk, they brought a marvel of a stage so dark and violent that it was so easy to believe that one is in a court of beggars persecuting and executing one of their own. All the actors were incredible. The main characters, the bit players, there was no wasted moment. We had no money for make up so we spent a few minutes before the show rolling on charcoals as our makeup! I was so proud of what we accomplished. I was particularly proud that I was part of a group of people who brought their talents to the show and exploded with their passion. It was amazing and I'm still proud of that group, that accomplishment.
So, here’s a thought; Teamwork, yes, is about a group of people working together to achieve a common goal, but it is more than that. It is about a group of people giving their best and maxing out their talents so the team can show its real power. I’m still working on building that kind of a team.