1. Listen to each other
– and follow their lead and ideas
When writing a song, you have a general idea of the message and the feeling you want to transmit. Make sure to tell that story to your team/band, and then let them chip in with ideas, new chords, how to lay the drums, the tempo and dynamics etc. You get a better product and song, if everyone invests in it and can mold the result.
Nobody wins, if you want to control everything.
2. Have headroom
– for improvisation
Don’t make the work so complex and demanding, that you don’t have energy and headroom for handling sudden internal or external input or changes. Only “book” the band or team with 80% demands, to allow for agile improvisations and to listen to new input.