Keeping an Open Conversation… Is the Way to Go!

Team Encounter

“Nexting”

 

From the first look at my teammates blogs, I can see that we will get along very well (and will be the best team in the class!). We have members that like to find a common relationship amongst each other when working in teams and one member that is open to working with those who are similar and different to him. I am not sure if I’m suppose to keep the “real” names confidential, so I will use the blog names instead. Spicynoodlesoup expressed that he needs to communicate a “whole” message in order to communicate successfully and to avoid any confusions. This includes his thoughts, feelings, and needs: “If I communicate a partial or contaminated message to my group members, they might become confused and we will not make it to the next step”. Saboy82 shares this same idea about expressing a “whole” (or “fruitful”) message. Saboy82 says that “…in order to receive fruitful input from all team members it is vital that all ideas and comments are expressed, this will enhance the team productivity and way of thinking.”. The topic of having an “open” conversation seems to be a topic that we all share. Ninjacook wanted to work with a “diverse” group, meaning with those he shares similar thoughts with and those which he does not because of the positive outcome that it can have, “…thinking about communicating with people we don’t feel initially drawn to and also develop more meaningful communications…”.

 

Overall, the team members approach to working together seem to be a productive way to do so. I am glad that we all have an open mind before approaching the group project, this will help us in the long run.

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2 Responses to “Keeping an Open Conversation… Is the Way to Go!”

  1. Stephanie Jo Kent Says:

    OOOO, the best team in the class, eh? 🙂 Is that a spirit of competition?!

    Oh yes, use blog names unless/until you/your teammates decide it is ok not to be anonymous (which you CAN do, if you want. The rule about anonymity is easiest to start with in an online course because the issues involved are a bit tricky. The reality, though, is that you are in charge of what you choose to make public about yourself (see FERPA if you really want to know).

    I am very interested how prominently the concern about confusion is – it has come up in most of these blogposts as an evil to be avoided. You also mention the role of commonality – I wonder, when does the need for commonness get satisfied such that it becomes appealing (or safe, or desirable, or whatever) to engage difference? And, if commonality and lack of confusion are the highest goals, how does openness enter?

  2. Can we accept openness to everything? « Ninjacook’s Weblog Says:

    […] Gym411, in their comment, “Keeping an Open Conversation… Is the Way to Go!”  shows that they are looking forward to working with their teammates and show a very enthusiastic outlook towards the project in general.  They say, “from the first look at my teammates blogs, I can see that we will get along very well (and will be the best team in the class!).”  Aside from feeling positive about our collaboration, Gym411 mentions that “the topic of having an “open” conversation seems to be a topic that we all share.”  I do think our group has been drawn to this point, perhaps we could incorporate this idea into some part of the project topic? […]

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