DAY 5 – Filming HSE training material on site, and the importance of teamwork is evident

DAY 5 – Filming HSE training material on site, and the importance of teamwork is evident

Firstly, a massive thank you to all of you who are following my posts: commenting/reacting and messaging us. Your feedback and support is greatly enjoyed and appreciated!

As we approach the end of the shoot, now more than ever it is so evident how important teamwork is. Working on any project requires teamwork. Especially so when working in a remote, unfamiliar, and demanding location.

Add to it long hours, extensive travel, and complex scripts. You can see why filming HSE video content for this onsite project demands great teamwork, not only here in Angola, but back in Cape Town too!

So, what is teamwork?

According to, teamwork is “The process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal. Teamwork is often a crucial part of a business, as it is often necessary for colleagues to work well together, trying their best in any circumstance.

In essence, teamwork means that people try to cooperate, use their individual skills, and provide constructive feedback, despite any personal conflict between individuals.

Outstanding teamwork on rigorous projects

I have been very fortunate to over the years work with people who I have grown to respect. Not only for their skill as a director, scriptwriter or camera person, but as creative individuals with integrity. And that counts the most! These are the same people I work with today! The crew brings over 20 years of industry experience in the field of video and film production, online course development and live streaming. We include members with a healthy balance of skills.

And that’s the beauty of team.
While the individual may not possess every iota of technical and social skills required, as a team, together, there is a healthy dose of both.
We bring diversity in knowledge, views, and perspectives, which makes us that much more creative and ‘unstuck’.
This has meant that, when working with our client, we offer multiple ideas that support their visions for the types of induction videos they would like to make. Each member of the team contributes and adds value. Even under tremendous pressure, and in demanding environments.
Just as the definition from the business dictionary reads “trying their best in any circumstance” – that is exactly what we all did today.

Shared mindset is imperative

A Harvard Business Review article speaks about a shared mind set to foster a common identity and common understanding.
For us, this goes back to our adapted method of E- ADDIE. It all starts with Engaging. Not only with the client, but also with the entire team. Engaging meaningfully with every person who is going to deliver on the final end result.
Once we are on the same page, we provide and enable context. Within context, we co-create and collaborate with a clear sense of the end goal. This is what helps us deliver as we continue this production. And hopefully have fun doing it!

Thank you, anderson studios crew – you’ve got grit

Thank you Gareth and Jared for pushing through and getting the job done.
For bringing your whole selves to the project.
Thank you also to Denisha who logs on and collates what we film, so that we can hit the ground running when we return.
Thank you Danielle for managing the finances.

A final thought

What does teamwork mean to you?
What do you find works for your team, and what destroys good teamwork?
I’m super keen to hear your thoughts.
Very excited for what tomorrow has in store for us as we approach the final stretch!