I got a bit of a mixed feeling this week. I completely got lost when started attempting SoloMikes at the beginning of this week. I remember how anxious I was after I finished reading all the MikesBikes Guide and player’s manual and still did not get any progress to improve SHV. Fortunately, I ended up getting 40 plus SHV with some help and instructions, which really relived me from stress and anxiety. Something good always comes out of out trying. It was a totally unexpected result that I was assigned to be a CEO on Thursday’s class. Not pretending to be humble, as a matter of fact, I am still short of confidence mainly because of my poor English. It took a while to remind me of the days of being a leader back in China.
Life always presents us something unexpected and unknown. What we need to do is to accept it, strive for it, and also thrive on it. After communicating with my team members, I have to say that I am always the favoured girl who encounters all the beautiful things wherever I am. My team members are just so talented and awesome! On the other hand, however, with those excellent team members working together, I feel a bit pressured. But I guess that how I can learn and grow.
Kazenbatch (1992) defined team as a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. I know that, from his article, team matters if we aim to get high grades for this paper, whilst to be an effective team is not just as easy as forming a study group and simply getting things done. Especially as a CEO, I realize how important to play well this role with all my effort.
Before starting doing some “CEO stuff”, I found some useful tips in Oakley’s article in regards to forming a team effectively and efficiently. After the “knowing my team ” meeting, I went back and started setting out a set of guidelines for team functioning; I also formulated a common set of expectations that would be helpful for our team performance. There is no doubt that knowing what your role does is critical. As a CEO, my role in the team is to ensure that every member knows what their role is and pulls their weight, keep every task on its right track, ensure timely and soundly completion of weekly tasks, resolve conflicts when necessary, and evaluate myself and team’s work.
Thanks for my friends’ encouragement; I really cannot let language issue get in the way since there are other things that are more important. Life is full of fun and adventures if we keep challenging ourselves. Eventually, those thresholds would lead us to somewhere we have been dreaming of.
Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27
Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9--34.