Working productively in a group

When we join with others to get a job done what roles can we play to contribute our best effort? Certain points stand out: 

  • I don’t want to bring my anger or fears to the situation; they’ll be plenty of that from the others. 
  • I want to listen to what others have to say so I take in all the different points of view, so I understand what the group is thinking. 
  • When things get chaotic, I can remind everyone our frustrations aren’t getting us anywhere. 
  • I can lend support to others where my talents apply. 
  • I can carefully word my constructive criticism so as not to offend others. 
  • I can remain calm and open when others criticize me and not try and defend my position, instead, letting them know I appreciate their point of view. 

Reviewing these points when frustrations set in while dealing with others gets us back on track and makes the experience so much more productive.

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