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No "I" in Team

Throughout high school, I can remember that group work was often taken on begrudgingly by most students. And by the time I got to university, not much had changed – there were the hard workers and the slackers, and not much in between.

But, despite some of the obvious challenges, these group assignments taught me an important lesson. That is, that the product that resulted from the team was most often stronger than what any one individual would have created on their own.

A case in point was when I went to grad school. I was surrounded by bright people from a variety of fields – some of them technically minded, some business minded, and others more traditionally “creatively” minded. What I could offer as a humanities grad was certainly different from the business grads and engineers no doubt.We each brought to the table different perspectives and skills just as we do in everyday life.

There were painful projects and successful ones along the way, but the most important learning to result from it all was an appreciation for the collective. So though there would be bumps in the road, comfort lay in the realization that it would be worth it in the end. And besides that, teamwork is essential to almost any successful career.

A great example of teamwork in action is the well known urban adventure race - City Chase. Two-person teams are challenged by physical, adventurous, humorous and intellectual activities that take them to every corner of the city. If this sounds interesting, check out the schedule to sign up in the city closest to you.

In the meantime, if you think your teamwork could use some polishing, here are a few links you may find useful:
How do you feel about working in groups? Are you the type to take on too much? Have you had a great experience with teamwork you’d like to share?


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