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# 3 – The Art of Synergy

When I first heard we were going to work in groups I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about it, I admit. Actually I had quite a bad feeling, “I know how this is going to end” was my first thought.

Now I have to say I didn’t.

“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.

There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.”

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Team working has not just become funny and enjoyable to me but it is also turning out to be more productive ( and healthier ) than pretending to do everything by myself - see also “ seven years of crazy and most desperate study”.

Now the only thing that actually challenges me is figuring out what went wrong any former time I experienced group work and what’s different now.

These are some of my conclusion:

  • -          Despotism: “Being a leader doesn’t mean being God and your word is not absolute truth” - some people just don’t seem to get this right. Somehow for these “tyrants”  listening is not an option, not to mention considering or discussing… I know this seems predictable but I’ll never stress enough how important it is to have a good communication and open-mindedness, especially in a situation where different people are involved. Self-centered thinkers only lead their groups to  disappointment and anger, and I know what I’m talking about. If you have to deal with a despot, just arm yourself with patience and tolerance, it’s going to be a steep climb. At the moment the connections between my team mates works great and our communication is fine (almost always),  luckily everyone tries to build on others’ foundations and I can’t tell how much I appreciate this.

  • -          Initiative: for some other people being in a group equals saying “waiting for someone else to tell me what to do”. Working with this kind of group member is just stressful and frustrating, basically it makes others either lose any interest in anything or get really mad. In both cases, breathe deeply, pick up your shovel and start digging, because everyone has something unique and useful to provide in a project, probably your passive co-worker is just not aware of his/her potential. I have to say that in the “Group Horizon” there’s a lot of initiative, maybe too much, but it’s not difficult to contain it, we only need to figure out when it’s time to stop and make a decision.
  • -          Attitude: “Ok, it was not a choice, you have been told to work in a group and you’re doing it, but is it necessary to look so annoyed?” nothing else to say, if someone make you think something like this tell him/her, but just try to be nice or you’ll definitely have to learn from a mistake.


  • - Positivity: Is there anything better than working in a friendly, relaxed, nice and funny atmosphere? Positivity is the key to success, I have no doubt about it. Truth is that in a positive environment everyone is more dedicated, active, creative and so on, and that’s because working doesn’t feel like working at all, but it feels like an opportunity to have a good time and learn something new. Positivity is the main reason why, this time, I’m not feeling like working by myself is way faster and way better than cooperation.


Now I should think of a proper conclusion but I’m sure I already wrote too much.

Vanishing in 3… 2… 1.. 


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Personal Blog Reflection Prompt #3

Now that we are in week three of the group project, I already have had the challenges of working in group. One of the biggest problems is getting everybody on the same level. People all have different habits of working, like at different speeds, different times etc. We had the problem now that we weren’t really communicating on what deadlines we had for the things that needed to be done and that it wasn’t always clear what to do exactly for a part of the team. So, in order to solve that we should next time focus more on getting the message through to all of us and to make sure that we are on the same page together.

What’s challenging me is that I have to work with people who have different habits. I’m kind of used to it already, but I keep being surprised by things. I initially had the impression that all the students doing this course would be incredibly motivated to make the best things happen, but it seems like that isn’t the case. That is what collides with my feeling about getting things done. I want to go to work straight away. This is in this case of course a little more the case, because I already have a lot of experience working on and with the online platforms (or similar ones) that we are researching.

Since I don’t have anything else to add right now, this is about it. 

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This was originally published at Bart Hoekstra's Tumbleblog

Once upon a time in group work…

When you see this article for the first time you possibly will ask yourself :  ‘What is this weird comic picture about?’

You will figure it out – but first I have to tell a little story.

Once upon a time there was a plant. The plant had many ideas of new directions of growing and evolving. But there came a day on which the almighty coordinator sent the people to come up with a report about a certain webpage. It was a precise assignment to research the features of the platform. All the shapers immediately started to work and after short time they gathered around the coordinator to present their work. Meanwhile the plant still sat in front of a blank page and struggeled with finding the purpose in the task. He himself couldn‘t believe that he wasn‘t able to just write down what he found out after analyzing the webpage.

In this way or in a similar way it could happen in a work group. Of course, the story and the picture exaggerate and don‘t display the reality - but honestly for me it seemed to be like this. 

We in our group have considerate team members and a coordinator who empathizes with  the group members.

Actually this article is not about complaining about this situation - it just analyses how group work in a diversified group work or might work.

Like Chris Corrigan said in the video there have to be edges on the circle of a group. With this diversity on the one hand come different solutions and new combinations but on the other hand also various types of approaches and strategies on tasks.

I feel certain about that people with different roles in a group, resulting from the certain attributes people have, take advantages in certain activities.

For example in case of report and precise research tasks it is easy for the shaper to just work on the assignment and provide a perfect and detailed outcome. But the easier a task is for a shaper the more difficult it can be for a plant.

Therefore I believe that it is important to see the things from the perspective of every group member and communicate aspects beyond the work itself what includes of course the assignment of tasks but furthermore rising the awareness that everyone is different.

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This was originally published at ChimpCommunity

Aren’t we just a mixed palate.

I think that we are, and it is up to you to decide if the tastes work well together. 

The past few weeks I have been introduced into a new class, 3 new groups and a whole lot of new educators. I am going to have to restrict myself to talk about the groups alone for now. 

My project groups are awesome. I love being in a multi cultural setting where you learn so much about and from each other every day. And where people are generally accepting because they know that everyone is different anyway. I feel like this is a very positive contribution to a working team, acceptance and comfort. 

I have not known my team for a long time but I feel very comfortable around them already because I do not feel judged. I feel like they accept me for the crazy that I am, and there might be giggles every now and then, but they mostly come from me; about me, and when they do not I am probably giggling along somewhere. 

So my groups have been very open. Next to open I feel like every one in my group is prepared to do the same amount of work, and is prepared to do what it takes to get something done. This is very important to me and also for the group setting because being on different levels for those two factors can cause quite a lot of tension. 

I think that the only thing challenging me at the moment is me. I can be a bit chaotic, and I communicate a lot with people but sometimes that chaos interferes and it can cause some confusion. So what I really need to work on is keeping those communication lines clean and clear so people know what I am talking about, and so I know what I am talking about, and actually remember it. 

I am not sure if I would change anything. I feel like it is still to early to tell. I would like to wait till the end of this project, then I can look at everything that I have learned and make adjustments according to that. I also think that in a long space of time more things will be happening and I do not want to ignore them. So I will answer that in the future. 

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This was originally published at community word

‘Strength lies in differences, not in similarities’

First of all, I must say that the first couple of weeks (especially the first week) were in fact difficult for me as well as my group to really cooperate effectively due to confusion. Even though we had assigned roles to each other, since some of us are not used to this working pace. it was difficult.

 It’s been three weeks now, and I feel my group is improving on stabilizing. People are getting much more used to their roles now, as to what they would have to do. I will also keep on motivating my group since this really helps!

Other difficulties I encountered were, as also mentioned before by another friend, the different structure of the research/document done by each member has in a group. This makes it difficult when combining all the research together, since it takes a lot of time re-structuring it again.  Of course this is perfectly normal because each one of us think differently and have a different style of writing. But perhaps agreeing on the layout standards will save us time.

So next time, an idea I got inspired by group 8 —which coincidently also have the same theme ‘group work’—, is coming up with some group rules. These will be general rules like for coming late, but also rules for the structure for example. Having rules will be ‘fun’ as well, especially if we make people buy coffee for example if they are late! I think this idea is great, it will enhance the relationship of the team members, get them motivated, and work well!

I would like to end my blog with this creative quote which very much defines our group;
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” - Stephen R. Covey

Any suggestions/tips/ideas for being a better/improve the role manager perhaps?

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This was originally published at Busra Aktas

Let’s get together and feel alright…Online…

Teamwork has never been my strongest suit. I guess it’s because for me, being in independent woman in today’s world is an extremely important thing. I don’t like depending on people because, and I finally admit this with pain, I’m kind of a control freak. I love independent work because I have full power over what’s going to happen. This is both a good and a bad thing. Right now and in the future I will have to work with people and I probably won’t be able to do everything myself. I’m not quite there yet but I’m working on it. I’ve been involved in quite a few projects where I had to work with three or more people. Many of the tasks that had to be done in the project depended on one another so if one person didn’t complete their work, it would slow down everything, which is my main problem with interdependence.


As translated from a very old Latin proverb: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  


Some people would say that this is the behavior of someone that would make a good leader. I disagree because to be able to be good leader, one must be able to lead others, not just do everything themselves so that they remain in full control.


Another one of my great flaws is my impatience. I constantly want things to move fast and smooth, and I always want to get to the point.


The reason I start out by sharing these flaws with the public is because these two flaws are not the best combination when it comes to group work, especially not online group work. I’ve been involved in a few group projects in which the group decided to open a group page on Facebook. For file sharing, this is great. As soon as the teammates were finished with their work, they put it online where the rest can see it. It’s perfect.


As for interaction, it’s never worked out for me the way I wanted it to. Brainstorming for example is something that I can do for a long time, but it’s one idea after the other, after the other, after the other, it’s very continuous and online there’s always a chance a group member isn’t there, or someone’s internet falls out, or any other obstacle comes in the way. With such continuous thoughts, the ideal situation is for everyone to be attentive and discuss a long so that there’s a nice flow of ideas going on and you don’t have to go back to the idea you had 30 minutes or even 30 seconds ago, which was the problem when I had to write my ideas down and post them on the group page. When the group met at school and we all brainstormed together, things went a lot smoother. It was a group of five people just sitting in a circle around a table and talking, writing down the best ideas and all understanding each other, because if you don’t get it, you can just ask immediately. The smallest factor can be terribly annoying online. Like when you’re chatting and two people decide to reply at the same time so there’s a chance you might not read one reply because you always just read the bottom reply…You know what I mean? …See it’s probably better if I explain this in personJ.


In conclusion, I am quite old fashioned when it comes to discussions; face-to-face conversation is in my opinion still the best way to discuss and brainstorm. When you’re talking to someone online, the conversation is just never as smooth as it is when you’re face-to-face with someone. This doesn’t mean online pages shouldn’t be used at all, they are still great for file sharing and posting certain information so that everyone can see it and take their own time on it. Conversation and discussion should continuous. 

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This was originally published at Deyna's