The dreaded group work. For many, working in a group causes more pain than pleasure. Personalities clash, fights to take lead on an assignment occur, or worse, you get stuck with a bunch of slackers and end up doing all the work on your own. I have been lucky enough to work with an amazingly motivated group this term for one of my classes. The communication has been great and no one has been left in the dust.
It is important to find a balance between expressing your thoughts and listening to the thoughts of your group mates. I read an article called How Creative Thinking Gets Killed by Team Members – 8 Fatal Blows that lists things you should NOT do while working with a group.
Here are a few things I’ve found make a successful group
Express your thoughts. Be vocal and give your opinion. Your group mates can then help tweak your ideas into perfection.
Always take your group members thoughts into consideration. Work together and don’t overpower a quieter group mate. Let every member contribute to the project at hand.
3. Be positive
Have a positive attitude when working in a group. It can be stressful trying to get a project done so keeping things light and positive. Working together and getting along will make life a lot easier and will contribute to a better outcome.
Working with a group can be beneficial. If you use your group members to your advantage it can be a way to bounce ideas off each other. Feedback always makes something better.