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« Happy happy, joy joy, Yankees close out season in defeat to modest Texas Rangers | Main | Overture Center for the Arts: Some Fiscal Issues »

October 24, 2010


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Paul Beard

Another quote from Stengel: "Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story." An institution as grandiose as Overture is virtually unheard of in a tiny market like Madison. Think out of the box: What possible use (make that source of earned revenue) could make it self sustaining?

Brenda Konkel

I believe Mike Verveer actually tried to, but Clear wouldn't recognize him.

Mark Clear

That's news to me.

Chris Schmidt

I sit near him and didn't notice Verveer trying to do that, but I could have missed it. I had forgotten about the Call of the House, last I heard of it was probably 8th grade.

Michael Donnelly

That would have made for quite a different headline the next day.

One Thin Dime

Thuy probably would have voted against it.

Davin Pickell

Another quote from Stengel: "Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story."

As an Overture employee, and son of a sports fan (I am as well, but I lead a more balanced existence), I might suggest that the lesson to be learned from this quote is epitomized in the World Series match-up currently.

The New York Yankees have a number of great individual stars, whose individual statistics make their purchase, I mean hiring them, seem like a no-brainer. The Yankees aren't in the World Series this year, despite having some of the best players.

They didn't have the best team.

It is a harder characteristic to quantify, and most hiring folks might not want to expend the energy to analyze the teamwork quotient, but I think a great number of companies and sports teams could benefit from an increased consideration of that quality. I think a great number of cities of Madisons could stand to benefit as well.

My department, at Overture (Technical Theater), is a team. We're a family. We take care of each other, and cover for each other, and rely on each other when the other family member's strength is greater than our own. There is one great supervisor, four Theater Technicians, and our Jimmy. No job title the city could dream up could sufficiently convey what Jimmy does. He's the lowest paid guy in our department, but he is in many ways our MVP. I try to tell him this as often as I can. I also try to buy him a few lunches.

In our department, we have been hired for our skills, but also with an eye to how we play well with others, and how our strengths complement each other. We check our egos at the door and do whatever is necessary to get the job done. It doesn't work this way in a whole lot of places, but it works Magic for us.

Davin Pickell

For a glimpse of the larger Overture team photo, see the recent Badger Herald story online. Tom Carto is featured in front of all of the Overture employees, I think, who he speaks on behalf of.

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