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..