Learning – Fruit of Teamwork
14 Mar 2015
Sometimes being at work, and loving your job still does not result in increased learning. Yet, a humans’ way of functioning involves constant learning and growth, and the same happens in every walk of life. Working at your dream company or doing your dream job also can often end up being boring and mundane when you are stuck in the same position for an extended period of time and do not learn or do anything exciting every day.
I do not need to stress on the important of learning. However, what I can tell you as a fact is that learning often occurs most effectively when working in groups, since you get to discuss and exchange ideas with people in the same or different fields, as a result widening your thinking horizons and giving you a broader picture of the situation. Yet, working in groups might often be daunting task due to the fact that each individual comes from a different background, possess a different set of skills and characteristics and works in a certain manner, mostly leading to friction. The following rules will help you survive in a group and sometimes even e the most popular one.
Firstly, never ever try to show that you’re smarter than the rest. This can be one mistake we normally make, where we try to display ways in which we have an edge over our group members, in turn leading to them building enmity towards us. Thus, always stay in your place and act as an equal, not as a supreme authority.
Secondly, indulge in discussions. Do not think you are different and special to the others and thus choose to be aloof. Bea part of the group and give your two cents when needed, and be willing to listen to others opinion too. This can help you in the long run, believe me.
Next, do not opt for the offensive or defensive strategies. Play diplomatic instead. When in a heated argument or an important discussion do not try to impose that you are right or someone else is wrong, instead go the extra mile to appreciate everyone’s input, yet try to tell the group members why you think you’re right, also telling them of the possibility that you could be wrong. Diplomacy works in the worst situations, and this might only lead to your group members thinking better of you.
Lastly, work as a team. Another common mistake people normally make is that once they’ve been assigned their tasks, they cut themselves off from the group to complete their job and submit it. Instead of doing so, remain in contact with every member of the group, exchanging points and ideas. This will lead to more synchronization in the group and better output, needless to say, more harmony in the team.
Working as a team or in a group, again an always be a challenging task, but the above rules might just scrape you through and help you learn more than you would by being on your own! Happy learning!