If you follow sports then you may have seen this moment.
It's the moment when they are talking about a newly fired coach and someone says "he got fired because the players on the team didn't know their role."
On the surface this seems a little odd. The team is filled with highly paid professionals who have been doing their thing for many years. Could not knowing their specific role on the team make that big a difference?
It makes a difference because the game, like life, happen in real time. Things are happening. Things are changing and people are forced to make decisions without much guidance.
That probably sounds like your life in the arts. That's why it's important for people to understand what they need to accomplish.
Here's an example. A few months ago a client engaged me for marketing help. The client had a marketing committee composed of volunteers. During my meeting with the committee I didn't spend any time talking about the following:
How the postcards look
Or a lot of other things most people would describe as marketing.
Instead we gave each member of the committee one relationship to manage. We figured out the key groups the organization needed to engage with, divided them up to the committee members and gave some ideas on how to do the job.
When it was all over the event sold well. Not because we changed the marketing, but because everyone knew their role in the marketing and executed it well.
Teams that understand their role tend to do well over the long run.
Those that don't tend to end up with a lot of fired coaches.
Where you end up is your choice.