“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!

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