There is a fabulous Venn diagram that floats around the internet, with no real source of attribution, which breaks group work down into a few key qualities you learn: communication, collaboration and responsibility all feature in a small sliver, and then 97% of the circle is coloured red for ‘TRUST NO ONE’. Pleasingly, group work at the postgraduate level was slightly more bearable!
Setting group work in a unit on leadership, and asking the students in those groups to participate in and identify their own leadership styles, seems to preempt what inevitably turned into ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’… My group was made up of four students other than myself, all of us in different stages of our MEdTL degree; this is my final subject and the second or third for all other participants. Alongside ETL504 I have had to complete my 10 day professional placement this session, complete and submit the resulting prac report, and also […]
What is your approach to managing conflict? According to the questionnaire, after super strongly avoiding the conflict in the first place (19/20), I then have an equally strong preference for problem solving (17/20) and compromising (17/20). In using force to win conflict I scored 13/20, closely followed by yielding on 12/20. Does this match to how you think of yourself? I absolutely, 100% like to avoid conflict. Who likes conflict? What kind of a person actively goes out to try and find/cause/create conflict??? However, I also like to stand up for myself and my ideas, […]
Module 2.1 Colvin’s (2000) article remains relevant almost 20 years later in the way it speaks of knowledge workers and their managers. As Colvin mentions, organisations are more like organisms than machines, and the management style of those leading the organisations need to recognise and feature this. Managers who utilise their employees “most essential humanity” are leading with a competitive advantage, states Colvin, for the employees “ability to create, judge, imagine and build relationships”. This is especially true of employees in school libraries- the hub of the school where knowledge, creativity, imagination, information and working […]