Week 02 for the semester and I sit here pondering back on the week that was. All my courses today have (finally) been finalised after a lot of swapping and editing which really is behaviour I should have stopped after my first year. MGMT 300 in all honesty was on top of my list to swap mainly because of the team assignment being the core part of the course. My past experiences with team assignments have been almost all negative from the one kid that doesn't do anything, the other who does all the work and the one who doesn't help even though she said she would so because of my past experiences with group work, I did not want to put myself through that again especially considering its my final semester. So I sat in class yesterday and after not doing the CV (due to my constant swapping) I thought to myself after not seeing my ID on the board 'OK Lina, this your time to walk out and withdraw from the course' but then I paused and said to myself 'Is the problem Team work? Or is the problem your performance within the team?'
Reflecting on the last statement, I sat in my seat when deciding to walk out or see Peter that my issue with teamwork for MGMT 300 was not that my past experiences were negative (because Ive had some good ones too!) but was that, I was afraid that my contribution to the group was not going to be up to par with what is expected of me and I did not want to let the group down as others before have done of me. I sat in my seat and battled with myself (yes! Im an introvert) and came to the conclusion that the only way to conquer fears was to confront them. So I began the treacherous walk down to Peter and asked if I could be put in a group and after a eye raise and a few questions (sorry!) I got put into team five.
I walked up to my team, said hello and introduced myself and we got into what we need to do for the week and some of the expectations. I listened eagerly as I hope to contribute more than my fair share and be a team member that actually works with the team not against it. I am reminded of this weeks readings where Katzenbach and Smith (1992) said that savvy managers know real teams outperform non-teams. They also said that a good team is one with a small number of people, with complementary skills, a commitment to a common purpose and performance goals, commitment to a common working approach and mutual accountability. Now I know this is early to say, but my team so far as already exhibited these traits that Katzenbach and Smith (1992) outline through our talk in class and in our Facebook group. Now all I need to remember is to remember these when working with the team and making sure that I do what I need to do to learn, to contribute and to......win!
The world requires team work everywhere, it is something I can't change. So i'm going to change my thinking and embrace it.
Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter.McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--2