A HR Question on Violinist Section
In my organization, I have spent a lot of resources in training people about team work. Team work is a great competency in HR (Human Resources) terms. To my regret, the training result is not satisfactory.
In my view, teamwork means:
1. Commitment (team members stick together and do not walk way);
2. Shared vision for future and norms on routine operations;
3. Complimentary skills among team members;
4. Trust on the skills and personalities of teammates;
5. Healthy resolution of internal conflicts;
6. Great culture or team spirit.
There are several types of team which I admire:
1. Musician groups from duo to orchestra;
2. Special arm forces such as US Navy Seal;
3. Sport team in soccer, basketball, rugby, etc.
They represent the smooth functioning and excellent performance. All teammates often possess skills which were acquired through over 10,000 hours in exercises.
Different from other teams, the musicians have great passion on their profession and performance.
Years back in October Fest in Munich, I found a small musician group playing under an arcade. They played Vivaldi, Mozart, etc. at very high level with great enjoyment and harmony. They were there every day. I do not think that they made good money from those plays. However I did get their enjoyment and pleasure.
To musicians, especially violinists as the pearls of crown in orchestra, I would like to learn the following:
1. How does the group select and decide who plays the 1st, 2nd, 3rd violins and other violins? Is it done on the basis of reputation (prizes obtained), test of skills, requirements of music, or simply the tastes of conductor?
2. How would the group evaluate the performance of these violins? Are they being evaluated by the comments from the media, or by the peer musicians, or by the conductor or by the manager?
3. How would the group reward the 1st, 2nd, 3rd violins and other violins? Are they paid equally or differently? Are they paid by fixed among or by basis plus bonus?
4. How would the positions of violinist change? Are they rotating their positions or staying stably there in a number of years?
5. How would the violin section being treated in respect to entire orchestra? Do they have any more privilege besides the respect and appreciation shown on stage by conductor by the end of show?
In regular business, people's mood does marginally affect the results in short term because they have to follow work procedures or even follow the movement of machinery (movie Modern Times). However I am sure the mood of musician will be more likely reflected in their performance in a huge manner.
I deem that proper solutions on these sensitive HR issues must have been resolved satisfactiorily. So I wish to listen to some comments and input from violinists.
I am aware that I might touch some sensitive or even private concerns. That is not my curiosity or intent. If you feel that way, just ignore my questions. Forgive me for asking these non-violinist questions.
Thanks a lot of for your attention, comments and advices.
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