One of the things I love most about traveling abroad is seeing another way of life. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past 5 years since graduating college, it is that there is always more than one way to do things. I have found this to be especially true as I see how production is done in different countries.
This past fall, I traveled to the Dominican Republic with some members of Willow’s production staff. We traveled throughout certain areas of the country and held mini tech conferences in churches that we partner with. In one of our evening team debrief sessions, one co-worker mentioned that before leaving for the trip, he assumed that we would see many churches with a resource gap – lacking the fundamentals to do what is needed. As the trip went on, he realized that it is instead a knowledge gap – not knowing how to fully use what resources they already have. I’m finding this to be true not just in production, but in life as well. I have always had exactly what I needed right when I needed it. Sometimes it just takes a challenge to help me realize what I already have in my hands.
I walked into Willow’s German Leadership Summit this past week feeling like I had both a resource and knowledge gap. For someone like me who seeks to fully understand as many things as possible before walking into a situation, the fear of the unknown overcame the thrill of adventure. As has happened so many times before, instead of being overcome by my fears of the worst-case scenario, I found myself able to discover another way to do things. I was given a crew of motivated and able people, who offered a new perspective and were always ready for action. Together, we truly were a team, and we achieved more than any of us thought possible.
When I try to explain what the inner workings of my brain look like, I usually end up saying that it is like a room with lots of boxes, shelves, and filing cabinets. Every time something happens, I have a file for how to react – how to make sure I give the right response. This week expanded my internal filing system.
For example – at the beginning of the conference, I was scared that we couldn’t execute stage moves in under a minute. There were times when we had to bring out more props than we could handle, get them set, and disappear in what felt like less time than it takes to blink. But somehow, we began to rely on each other to find new ways to make our job happen. We had so many shining moments as a team – and it was all due to us figuring out together that there was more than one way to do things.