“Adversity will either make you bitter or better.” ~ Reverend Glenn Perkins
This is one of my favorite quotes, spoken by the co-pastor of the church I attended during my college years in southern Indiana. I believe this quote concisely captures my experience in SPEA’s capstone class. (Check out this blog post for more information about my experiential coursework.)
Though the project has been quite difficult, I have benefited greatly. For example, I have learned so much about my own professional preferences – specific to team projects. I encourage others to reflect upon these statements and begin to define these aspects of your own work style.
- I prefer to facilitate decision-making, not dictate final determinations.
- I like a balance of collaborative and independent work.
- I enjoy tackling complex ideas through original research.
- I excel in project management.
- I think it is important to celebrate achievements – throughout the progress of the project, as deadlines are met and goals are accomplished.
- I desire planning that reflects both short-term and long-term goals.
- I prioritize the importance of clear communication – managing expectations about methods and timing.
- I want to make sure that team members’ respective strengths are leveraged effectively.
- I am open to constructive criticism – aiming for a better work product and a more meaningful work process.
So, what is it that you like about team projects? What are your expectations? How do you like to manage relationships and tasks? Please leave a comment with your professional preference!