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July 14, 2013

P3 – Working in a Team – Final

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P3 – Working in a Team – Final

Workshop Tutor: Trudy Hillier

Date: 14th July 2013

I have learnt that the best role to have in a team is the one it needs most. This comes with some conditionals though reliant on my characteristics being strong enough to take on that role as well as whether I can do it for a particular task/in a certain context. Thus far I have not had issues adapting my role from coordinator and ME to plant and team worker.

The workshop has helped me answer that all-too-common interview question “what value can you add to the firm?” I can answer this question professionally with various previous examples ranging from fundraising Pro Bono work to my treasury role within the Breakdance society. Over and above this I feel much more confident at the idea of assessment centres and my Masters in business and law.

A key point in being a good team member has several layers of thought process. The first is to establish what you bring to the team; the second is what others bring to the team; the third is then adjusting to this so that your team is in the best possible position to succeed in the given objective.

The single most important thing I have gained in this workshop is the realisation that I do not want to work in a career that does not involve teamwork. I thrive off the team dynamic and greatly look forward to this type of work after I finish my LPC.

July 04, 2013

P3– Working in a Team – Follow–up 1

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P3 - Working in a Team - Follow-up 1

Workshop Tutor: Trudy Hillier

Date: 23/06/2013

Having attended the Training Contract workshop, I operated closer to a shaper as oppose to a co-ordinator. The reason for this was that the timescale for the task was a brief 20 minutes which provided little time to identify others strengths and delegate activities. The group challenged involved an ethical conundrum in which our group had to decide who to save in priority order which could be based on personal information provided on each person. I allocated time slots for reading, coming up with a scale to assess priority, applying said scale to each survivor and finally ordering them chronologically and any final discussion for agreement.

During the task itself, I found myself having to keep focus on the task and time within the group to ensure we finished. On two occasions I had to cut off an MO for this reason but was sure to do it assertively and politely to avoid offending them and avoid the weaknesses of some shapers.

More interestingly, I took on the role of a plant which I had previously assumed was my least preferred role. This is partly due to my own ignorance in associating coming up with ideas and being creative with product development and more artistic endeavours. However, I proposed the point-scale system we used based on whether the survivor had dependents, their contributions to society and their general health/age. This was then developed by my team to operate within the time constraints given.

This has made me realise that Belbin’s roles are much more fluid than they appear and while I may have a preferred role that I feel most comfortable with, that is not to say that I cannot work effectively when taking on another role in a different context. Furthermore, having been equipped with the knowledge of team roles and remaining aware of this learning I feel much more confident within a team and I am sure that in the future I will be able to identify and utilise the talents of my team more effectively because of this.

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