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I want to take the time now to analyze how I functioned as a member of my team. I could take the time to talk about each of my team members and how their behavior affected my experience, but doesn’t that in its own way just tie back to what I did and the role I played in the team? I think this is a very good moment for some self-reflection. 

I talked last week about getting into teams and taking the time to discuss what we see ahead for our team and how we want to work collaboratively; however, I lacked follow through on these plans. My team discussed a mission statement and some values, but that is all we really talked about for the semester ahead of us. When it got down to it we dived right into the company and how we were going to work on increasing Shareholder Value. I let what I valued get swept up into the group’s interest.

I learned in my communication course last semester about traits of team participation based on Communicating for Results: A Guide for Business and the Professions by Cheryl Hamilton. One trait someone can distribute as a member of a team is agreeableness. Agreeableness is “being good-natured, likable, forgiving, understandable, and trusting” (Cheryl, 2014). There are benefits to behaving this way; it creates harmony and can be important to getting things done when you have a short time frame and a project that does not have great importance. Based on this I can commend myself somewhat. I did not push my group out of their comfort zone in a moment where this was just a practice round, and we were still trying to get comfortable working together as a group. There are also plenty of negative aspects to being entirely agreeable, you are not going to advocate to what you want, your work will not be valued or included in group decisions. I also felt that this type of behavior made me seem like someone who contributed less and perhaps was not as prepared. So when it comes down to it agreeableness has positives and negatives, but my decision to play that role has more likely than not had an effect on what my group thinks of me.

 I have found where I have room for improvement as a member of my team. It is important to be agreeable in order to be a good team collaborator, but it is also important to contribute more to the team and just being agreeable does not allow this.

 

References

Hamilton, Cheryl (2014).  Communicating for Results: A Guide for Business and the Professions.  Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.  ISB

2 Comments

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the perspective that you have taken on this week's journal. I think that you have a done a lot of self reflection and have been both critical and positive about the part that you have played. I totally agree with the point that you have made about needing to find a balance between agreeing with your group to ensure that there isn't un-necessary tensions and does make things get done a lot quicker, but I do think that it is important to really make a conscious effort to not let your values get lost in amongst the busy-ness of everything else. I think it would have been interesting to hear what you had to say about how leadership maybe played a part in the self reflection you undertook. The readings provided quite a good insight into the parts that followers and leaders play in a team and this could be used to analyse your position on being agreeable but also standing up for what you think. 

  2. HI there!

    Very enjoyable journal to read, your journal followed Daudelin's structure absolutely perfectly. You structure was clear and sentences and paragraphs flowed well with each other. One thing to work on however would your grammer, in the first line of the second paragraph you said "however, I lacked follow through on these plans." I'm not entirely sure what you were trying yo say, but I'm sure you can see the error here.

    In terms of reflection, it seems that you have done well and made a full circle from what your issue was, all the way to what action you're going to take. I wish you all the best with your endeavours!