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Survival of the Fittest: Introduction
Picture yourself sitting in a college classroom. You’ve just been informed by your professor that you have about two weeks to complete a multitude of projects. On top of those projects for this class, you have four or five other classes for which you have tests, projects, papers, presentations, and homework due. You also have a part-time job which takes up most of your free time. It’s the middle of the semester, and you’re beginning to deduce that the increasing workload and the impending doom of your deadlines are going to swallow you whole and spit you back out with an F. You begin to sweat, your mind running a mile-a-minute writing and re-writing your list of responsibilities in your head. But as you look around the classroom, a surprisingly promising thought eases your tension. You are not alone. You are surrounded by about 25 people who are in the same boat as you. You have the same worries and fears, and many of the same stressors. As you look closer, there are four or five people sitting around you in a circle, glancing at each other reassuringly, and ready to take on these challenges together. This is your team, and you’re relieved that you’re all there to help each other; because in this class, it’s not just about making the grade. It’s about survival of the fittest. To put it simply, Dr. Sleeth’s Organizational Behavior course is unlike any other. I think the entire class could agree on that. From the very beginning, we could tell it wasn’t going to be anything ordinary. We didn’t know it at the time, but from very early on we were setting ourselves up for what was to come. We were given a choice of the tools tbat would help us survive and thrive throughout the semester. We got to interview people and decide who would be best suited for a spot on our team. We got to appoint roles to our team members and even choose our own. We even got creative control over our team name and logo. However, I believe the class was resistant to these exercises. Students were passive about choosing who was on their team, and some people just ended up choosing their friends. They weren’t giving much thought to how their decisions would affect them later. Appointing roles to team members seemed irrelevant and almost juvenile. What we didn’t realize was that our actions and decisions would end up greatly impacting our grade and experiences in the class. These choices would ultimately determine who would make it out of here ‘alive’, and who would not.I believe that if many of us had known then what we know now, we might have done things differently; But not Team 1. Had we known what was to come in this course, we wouldn’t change a thing Knowing our Teammates: Psychological Contract & Roles of Members

Meeting our teammates and assigning roles was the first task we were assigned where the instructions were cut and dry. Many times the ambiguity of this course almost got the better of us, but this assignment seemed easy enough. Nancy Clark volunteered to be the team manager, a role that carried a lot of responsibility. Anytime someone volunteers for a job like that, it’s usually a sign that they know they can handle the job, or that they are willing to step up to the challenge. The rest of our team was relieved that Nancy had volunteered. With the work and class schedules that we had set ourselves up for, none of us really believed that we could succeed in that role. Looking back, there was no better person on our team for this role. From the very beginning Nancy showed assertion and confidence. There was something about her that we could all see was going to help us to be a great team, and even if she hadn’t volunteered, she would have been our first choice. The rest of the job assigning was a little difficult. None of us really quite understood yet what this course would be like, or if we would really put our job assignments to use, and we barely even knew each other. We...
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