Teamwork is fundamental, particularly when working on projects that require collective efforts. During the last semester, one of our courses required students to establish groups to undertake a project work. Patrick, Karen, and I decided to work together, and since we shared the same locality, we experienced no problems while undertaking the project. One advantage of having a small group is that it enhances the level of cooperation and, consequently, the productivity. Our group project was a success, as we undertook all the required tasks together without experiencing drawbacks.
Working as a group enhanced the feeling of belongingness, in addition to receiving support from each other in case of any difficulty. Group work facilitated communication competence through enabling every member to contribute his/her opinion without interruption and criticism. Communication competence contributed in fighting negative attitudes that could have developed during group meetings (Rothwell 4). Being sensitive to other members’ emotions helped in tackling differences before they destroy our relationship. While commitment was critical in attain the goals, self-monitoring was equally vital for maintaining the course to success.
Our group acted as a system, whereby every member was assigned his/her responsibilities depending on suitability and preference. Working as a system enabled each member to participate fully, meet group deadlines, as well as exercising interconnectivity of different parts. Creating a small group discouraged the formation of a clique, which could diminish effectiveness of accomplishing tasks and destroy overall group climate (Rothwell 62). In addition, the size of the group decreased information distortion through hierarchy. The group developed group climate through valuing and respecting each other, despite our differences in views. Each member agreed that we were not competing to attain our goal, but rather developing skills necessary for our success.
Developing teamwork involved establishing cohesiveness that enabled each member feel that he/she was a component of the group. We managed to draw power from each other due to shared personal beliefs and attitudes (Rothwell 74). One of the reasons why students establish groups is due to fulfillment of unrelated needs. For instance, Karen is charismatic, hence I felt at ease a member of this group, even though charisma was not a necessity in achieving our goal. Working together enhanced our social being, as each group member endeavored to understand the other’s point of view. The group leader had already informed members about nonconformity and the consequences of not following the orders, but conflicts due to personal opinions did not amount to nonconformity.
Although face-to-face communication was preferred to virtual communication, virtual groups have become essential part of business life, as members are able to interact even when they are not in one place. We developed a virtual group to enhance independence, after ensuring that every member knew what he/she is supposed to do. Although we shared the same language due to our origin, we agreed to utilize it effectively while using social media and text messaging as forms of communication. Developing personal connections has enabled the group to maintain its social relationship even when members are far away from each other (Rothwell 388). Our temporary virtual group reduced power difference and status, as emails and short messages did not categorize ranks.
The main intention of establishing a working group is to attain specific goals within a predetermined time. Our team managed to accomplish our goal on time, thus, we deserved all the marks (out of 10) since everyone participated in collective activities. Our strong cohesiveness highlighted our success while developing a virtual team ensured that we accomplished our tasks even when we were away from each other. The group project enabled members to understand each other, hence, becoming effective communicators. We all endeavored to see every circumstance at the same viewpoint.
Rothwell, J. Dan. In Mixed Company: Communicating in Small Groups and Teams. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2016. Print.