This article is about my experience and thoughts about this hard job- working in the TEAM. It’s about how person should or shouldn’t act with their group members.
The moral of the article is that never, never forget that you are a human first and only then (or in the university- you are trying to be) the professional in your field.
My experience and observation
In my IED experience I have worked in 3 groups with different people and also I have observed have other groups are working and I have absolutely different experience.
Advices to a better group work despite what I have experienced:
1. Don’t cut other people ideas just because it doesn’t go together with the strategy you imagine or it’s something you didn’t think before. Of course it makes you feel uncomfortable a little bit, because that means you need to come out from your comfort zone and maybe think in some other direction, so actually you are afraid a bit of this idea and you just don’t want to accept it because it makes you think again and look to your project from other horizon, but it can make your project better.
2. Don’t cut other people ideas even if you think the idea is stupid, because it’s only your perception and maybe it’s not the best one. Try to discuss it, develop it and you will see, it will lead you to a new idea! Try to understand group needs and characteristics, what every person of group can give. What are their strong characteristics which can be useful.
3. If you are not discussing ideas other group members’ advice, or you just cut them, they will be afraid to tell you something next time, so the whole climate in the group will be destroyed and they will not be able to give as much contribution they actually could. Listen, listen, listen! The climate in the group is essential important to succeed. There are always people in the group, who try to lead through creating a climate for fear, competition and that in my opinion is the straightest way to have problems. Try to lead by creating positive atmosphere.
4. Don’t be afraid to admit you are wrong, make joke on yourself. Group members appreciate person who admit his own mistakes because after all it’s a human quality and then other members of group will not be afraid to tell their thoughts, opinion, even if they are not sure about it.
5. When it comes to the presentation, let your group members talk if they want! Let them grow! (Come on, guys, it’s a school!) Not keeping the bad climate, atmosphere by not letting your member speak! Image how much energy you spend? If you are a member of a group (especially in the university) what gives you the right to decide- who will talk and who will not? You are all equal and if you can help your group member to grow- let him do it! And if before the presentation you say him: “Our asses are on fire because of you!”, do you think you will really help him to be the best on presentation after that kind of words? I have a big doubt. In every single step try to support your group member and let them feel your shoulder! And after- be happy if he did a great job, because you let him grow.
6. Sometimes students in university, when it comes to a group work, try to have a certain role. I absolutely agree in the group there should be a person, who is putting together all the ideas, like the responsible one. BUT- that doesn’t give you a power to decide, what you will put on the presentation and what not. You are just a secretary who put everything together not the person who gives the green or red bottom for your group member ideas.
7. The last but not least- humanity. I have seen some students are really punishing themselves because they are not use to be the “bad persons” who are trying only to tell their opinion and the rest one they don’t matter. I also was the bad person in one of my projects. That made me feel bad and I was so happy that I finished that project. So, the question is: “How to “fight” whit such kind of person? Why you need to be bad, to make them respect you?” I still don’t have the answer to this question.
Team success is usually the reason of combined hard work with the respect of your team members and that’s the key to success.
P.S. I'm not sure that the attitude I wrote is professional, but I’m sure it’s human.