Coming into this week I was feeling a little nervous about the team formation that was happening during the week, hoping that I would have a good team that would turn up and contribute. After doing the readings on teamwork and turning student groups into effective teams, along with what Peter spoke about during class about the importance of goal orientation of the teams, I thought back to my previous experiences as a member of a team, both in university and elsewhere, and reflected on how they were successful.
In my previous semester as a part of INTBUS 307 our teams were self-selected with the goal of having some cultural diversity within the team. In contrast to the reading, I felt as though our team had a spread of “stronger” to “weaker” students, with each student still bringing something important to the team. We worked well as a team, and received really good marks, the key to this, which was inline with what Peter said about having a collective goal. From the outset we set out our goals for the assignments as a team, this enabled us all to be on the same page and working towards a common goal.
Because of this past experience with a successful team, I was not feeling to anxious about the team formations yesterday. However, the main reason I think that made me feel relaxed about the whole process, was the knowledge that we were going to be put into groups with the same collective goals. This put me at ease, because I knew I would be comfortable with the goals we set as a team, and I wouldn’t feel like the group work was to much of a workload.
In summary, I feel as though what Peter spoke about on Tuesday about forming groups based on goal orientation was what really stuck in my mind the most this week. This is because I knew from past experience that a group with the same collective goal has a higher chance of being successful, than one that does not.