I am always pleased when a project has been completed and my client—be they my employer or a private one—is happy with the work. Then its time to move on to the next project.
But when its a team project, I’m even more excited. Why? Because like this most recent one, every time I look through it I am amazed at the work that went into it. First there was the brain storming with the administrator of research projects at Rambam Health Care Campus, together with Rambam’s head of marketing. Once the content was determined, we needed approvel of the heads of research. Then it was time to get the interviews of different people done and write those up. For that task we had a great contractor, Debby Mir.
Debby and Debbie (me) sat in on the interviews since she would write up the interviews and I’d have to handle the final edits. Information changes, terminology has to be consistent throughout. Sometimes a change has to be entered…
In the meanwhile, I was writing up the content about the research programs. Some of them had never been written about before. Fact checking, getting input from the program directors… a back-and-forth process of a couple of months.
In the meanwhile, the head of marketing and his team were overseeing the photography and setting up dates for photo shoots.
Finally, we turned to Merav Greenzweig of StudioGe Visual Branding for the design concept. Again, a back-and-forth process that involved initial approvals, input from the heads of research, and more.
Finally we had the galley (iris) in hand and discovered that (obviously) some of the ideas when actually printed had unexpected consequences. Another design change, and yet more (minor) edits, and one last review by the entire team for the typos that slip in like stray cat hairs.
But the final product has come off the press, and what made me the happiest, were when different doctors at Rambam picked up the book and actually started to READ it. They didn’t just thumb through it, they were reading it! Victory!
Now, everytimg I look at this booklet I think of the 6 months of hard work we all put in to come out with a product we can proud of. Without any one of us, the booklet would have been of far less quality. No one person’s job was less important than another’s—although some people were more visible than others.
Working on a team makes you value other’s as well as your own contribution.
The truth is, I used to be a loner. I liked to do everything myself and would tell others to leave me alone. But over the years, I have come to not only appreciate teamwork, but to deeply value it. I am a better professional, and a better person because of it.