Reflection on Team Work

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Reflection on My Self-Performance as a Team Coordinator

Reflective Essay - Belbin Team Role Theory in practice

To further understand Belbin Team Role Theory, I, together with four students formed a team and simulated as being authorized by the Songjiang Government Bureau to investigate into the current situation and the prospect of the higher education industry in Songjiang District. Through unremitting team efforts, we successfully demonstrated our findings and recommended several ideas via a formal presentation. Reviewing the three-months-long process of cooperation, I really found this experience of learning meaningful and fruitful. This reflective essay is a conclusion of my sympathetic introspection of the mistakes I made, the difficulties I confronted and the conflicts I faced. The following discussion falls into three parts, respectively the elaborations of my self-cognizance about how coordinators can improve team cohesion on the basis of mutual trust with other team roles, how we should view the conflicts occurring in the process of cooperation and how to create synergy through team work.

The first lesson I have learned from the process is that mutual respect and trust come before team cohesion. Functioning as the coordinator of our team, I also played the leading role in the session of allocating tasks. In order not to be effected by subjective opinions and favoritism, I adopted drawing-lots to spread out the teamwork. Ideally all the team members would embrace the assignment, yet conflicts occurred. After the allocation, morale kept sinking lower. Some members thought that it was so unlucky of them to lose the parts they were good at, and they were unable to undertake their parts on hand. Then I got to realize that drawing-lots on one hand could ensure the equity in decision making, but on another hand could also reflect my unsureness and distrust of the other member’s abilities. In other words, there are differences...
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