Over the last few rollovers I feel like I could have contributed more to the group in group work. Part of this may have been because I was not being diligent enough in my work. However I can see that part of it is I don’t know how to insert myself into the group work where I can. I haven’t identified what my strengths are and how I can use them to best benefit the group.
When Peter came and talked to us this week about how we can improve what we are doing. He pointed out that if we looked at the winning team we would see they are all working hard at different areas and utilising their strengths very well. This group you can see is winning partly because of that. So I need to work out how I can find my strengths and utilise them best for this group and for groups in the future.
Drucker gives us a suggestion in his article saying ““The only way to discover your strengths is through feedback analysis. Whenever you make a key decision or take a key action, write down what you expect will happen. Nine or 12 months later, compare the actual results with your expectations” (2005, page 2). I know this says to check nine to twelve months later so this may not be beneficial for this current group work. It has however made me think about future group work I will be in even in a corporate setting. Drucker goes on to say “Practiced consistently, this simple method will show you within a fairly short period of time, maybe two or three years, where your strengths lie - and this is the most important thing to know” (2005, page 2). He also says “work on improving your strengths. Analysis will rapidly show where you need to improve skills or acquire new ones. It will also show the gaps in your knowledge -and those can usually be filled” (2005, page 2).
Although what Drucker is saying here does not help for group work in these coming weeks I know I can use this in future group work to improve it. For now to improve myself I need to make more of an effort to get involved in group work so then I can work out, by trial and error, what my strengths and weaknesses are. I also can ask my group members, from what they have seen, what strengths and weaknesses I have. This will help me apply this during our group catch ups.
Peter F Drucker. (2005). Managing oneself. Retrieved from: http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=1&sid=4383859d-d2dd-4bb1-9d08-acf53a7643b8%40sessionmgr4007