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In order to obtain a more proper and in-depth picture of myself, to know more about my invisible incentive and how I appear to the members of my team as well as to establish a comprehensive understanding of the influencing factors of the group process and performance, this reflective essay is conducted by using group work logs, the self-evaluation on reflective practice and feedback from lecturers critically and significantly. Firstly, I reflected by logs and self-evaluation. Secondly, I elaborated what I have learned from other group members. Finally, I achieved development from exports’ feedback.
First of all, by means of the group work logs (see Appendix 1) and the self-evaluation on reflective practice (see Appendix 2) (I only got 72 scores, which means there is much room on reflection for improvement), I found it is not easy to challenge my own thinking as I always thought it is difficult to come up with an unique idea. Once I figured out one, I could hardly to wait to describe it to my team members and want them to accept it. I could never have imagined that my self-righteousness would result in their confusion of my idea. For example, I thought ‘sailing’ was quite suitable for our worldwide alcohol event. However, some of my team members did not understand me. In addition, I spent insufficient time thinking about the effects of my actions and behaviour. I was responsible for coming up with the event schedules and entertainments as well as producing the Power Point. I thought that using Prezi is better than Power Point while my team members did not think so. However, I have done so. Later I realised that they may thought that I am an arbitrary person. In fact, my behaviour lead to unnecessary trouble because most of my team members did not know how to operate Prezi, which I could not foresee. If only I had known then what I know now, I would not be so thoughtless.
Moreover, compared to the tasks of other team members (e.g design, creative idea, etc.), the part of event schedules and entertainments is relatively easier. However, making Prezi was really a challenge for me because I need to integrate all the contents of all group members, and in fact, due to insufficient and not timely communication, several essential information were not covered in our Prezi. Communicating timely and communicating with every team member are essential when conducting an event (Van de Wagen, 2007). For example, when I finished discussing with the leader about the changes of fares and VIP entertainments, we didn’t inform the layout designer. Therefore, some information will be incorrect when she is designing the layout and ticket, which is awful for an event. If I had the chance, I would do it all over again.
Additionally, through this group work, I am more aware of my problems clearly and face them. Bond, Keogh and Walker (1985) pointed out that what we most need to know is the hardest to hear. My team members did not beat around the bush — they always spoke their minds bluntly when they had comments. In the past, very few people did that to me, if any, I usually pretended some problems do not really matter, or made an excuse. I found that I really want to interrupt my group members when they were talking if I noticed some problems, but I could not because I know it is not respectful or accomplished. Therefore, when they finished talking, I forgot what I intended to say. With hindsight, I realise that I should record the words that I want to say at anytime before I forget.
Lastly, feedback is an extremely valuable resource that I can use to reflect on development. Generally speaking, our group spent a long time on this group assignment and was disappointed with the marks when we saw the feedback sheet firstly. However, when saw the specific assessment, I recognised that we can not deny that our group leaves much to be desired. Firstly, due to my obstinacy, the event theme was not always clear. Now I realise where this leads, I would do it again. Secondly, about the PP slides, they had no good visual impact, which is also my responsibility because I thought Prezi was better than Power Point as I mentioned before. However it turned out that my group members’ suggestion was correct. Overall, I should keep an open mind when listening to the opinions of other group members.
To sum up, on a personal level, I can not be obstinate and consider myself always right. It is apparent that my self-righteousness resulted in an unsatisfactory mark. In the next aspect, I should set myself a realistic target as as every single individual has unique idea and it is difficult to taking on changes of other people at once. The main developmental aspects for me were in taking responsibility for my own tasks and in communicating with others. Without strong communication skills and persuasion techniques, it is easy to be discouraged. Primarily, I should be more practical and accept the fact that I can not change other people effortlessly. In addition, I am much better now at integrating information so other members can use it. On a whole, communication is significant when during the event planning. All the information should be confirmed again and again. Furthermore, we should do things as early as possible so that we can make time for foreseeing some situation that might happen.
Boud, D., Keogh, R. and Walker, D. (1985) Reflection: Turning Experience into Learning, London, Routledge
Cottrell, S. (2010) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook, 2nd edition, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Van de Wagen, L. (2007) Human Resource Management for Events, Oxon, Routledge