The ADaptables: our team
This semester’s syllabus, in the AD & PR Lab of the Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University, includes the laboratory “Leadership and Emotional Intelligence” with responsible assistant professor Dimitra Iordanoglou. Through experiential exercises helps us to develop our skills on a personal level (self-confidence, stress and time management, empathy) and by extension prepares us for the workplace (leadership development, decision-making, teamwork).
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
The first work aimed at our self-awareness of the personal development questionnaire of the Ph.D. candidate Valias Karatosidi. Through a series of questions concerning our general features, we have discovered our strengths at an individual level that has an impact on the team. Our results showed higher indicators in the caution through which there is help from one member to another and space to hear all views. Another possible point is the receptivity to new experiences that offers us new ideas and helps us evolve. Even our points of improvement, such as emotional stability and conscientiousness, are not below the average and do not create a problem in our consultation and cooperation between us. There is a consequence and responsibility from all members of the group and no problems arise and quarrels just sometimes there is little more stress than deadlines.
Besides, we have discovered what kind of leadership is closer to us: transforming leadership or trading, transformational leadership pushes the existing ones to try to a greater extent for more efficient results of the agency, in relation to expected and trading is in routine work to be properly carried out. Significant elements of the current leadership style are to define the objectives, to provide feedback and the effectiveness of the existing ones is rewarded. We noticed small differences in the indicators of these two leadership styles, which we think is the result of our young age and not so big friction to the practical piece.
Then we answered questions concerning our mental capacity and the results were generally very encouraging while one was not below the average.
Finally, we had the part of our own perspective but also from the perspective of the other members of the group, through some other questions, we gave comments and scores one for the other. The results in this category had little to no differences, which we think is very important as we know how much we work within the team and our profitability is also recognized by the others.
GROUP ROLES QUESTIONNAIRE
Several interesting results came forward from the group role analysis test of a certified coach and writer Zoes Lioliou. In particular, we found that each member of our team embodies a different role, which is positive and we must take advantage of it. We have the role of the intellectual, the specialist, the mediator, the critic, and the coordinator. So far, we have found that these roles have ensured a balance and diversity, which gives us the advantage of investigating many different views and alternatives when we undertake a task.
However, following a debate, we concluded that it may be helpful for two more roles to exist in the group, especially that of the leader and the innovative. In order to cover these gaps, we decided with every new task we take on, a different person every time will undertake the leading role so by the end of the semester all members will have passed through this stage. Finally, about the role of the innovative, we ended up in the fact that we all have to educate our mind to think more “outside the box” and use our imagination more when we work. It was a very useful experience for all of us, we learned new aspects of ourselves and took one more step towards our self-improvement.
This session with Zoe Lioliou allowed us to explore more extensively with the help of the coaching session some aspects of the character of each individual from our team. Our team was divided into two triads, but as we are 5 in total we had subsidiary participation of Vasileia Volanaki and so we split as follows: 1st team-> Maria, Kelly, Daphne, and 2nd team-> Anastasia, Eleni, Vasileia.
In particular, we found that acupuncture for Kelly (6/10) is an important feature of it that should work with it. The stress for Maria can often work badly in her performance (7/10). Daphne discovered the characteristic that is not so obvious at first glance, melancholy often when intense does not help its efficiency (6/10). In addition, stress was another feature for improvement observed in the second team in Helen and Anastasia, where Helen treats it when it comes to programming, while Anastasia is about to present work in the course.
All of this was discovered quite quickly as good communication and smooth cooperation is one of our features. Without there being any particular difficulty in “reintroducing,” we discovered new aspects of ourselves that we first did not know or simply did not pay much attention to. All this experience was new to us and left us a lot of positive, a lot of work, and food for thought. He put us in the coach’s place, we had to be good listeners, but we also had to be able to get into each other’s place to understand and help him. The meeting in 2 groups has been smoothly and successfully, through the debate we have learned our partner better and we have understood where we can help him most. Trust has developed between us and Coach has encouraged Coachee on many points on the way to self-improvement.
Furthermore, we have gained more self-knowledge, which has helped us to find solutions to our problems that we will implement and to target our weaknesses. We have created foundations for achieving our personal goals more easily and we have been given “food for thought.”We have, of course, had some minor difficulties that have been overcome, such as the initial embarrassment and the distance that was a fairly intense subject as it has deprived us of the direct nature of the experience, time has been very little. If one of the positions could be said to have made it difficult for us this is the position of the coach.
Finally, the feelings we gained through this session were reflection, courage, motivation, readiness, self-confidence, optimism, empathy, impatience, understanding, a little embarrassment, and anticipation for living contact.
During the last course with Zoe Lioliou, we talked about Team Coaching. We learned that a team is a group of people who are in interdependence, seek a common goal, and have a distinct entity. Also that the 3 Ps of team cooperation are People, Purpose, and Process.
Then we had to find out what our team’s formation was. So, we started from the Forming stage where we focused on the identity and purpose of the group. We have never passed by the Storming Phase because we all participate equally and there are no conflicts or competitions among us. We continued with the Norming Stage because there is intimacy and a friendly mood when everyone is aware of their associates’ weak features and encourages their strong ones. At this point of the semester, we think we have reached the Performing stage, as we have a common understanding of the way we work and approach the issues of each project, we operate quite effectively as a group, responsibilities are distributed respectively, without any obstacles, and we try our best with each task we are assigned to.
When it comes to SMART targeting, our goal is Specific and clear: setting a program for our online meetings and the implementation of the weekly tasks so we can be all present. This goal can be measured based on how many days it takes us to complete the tasks (we aspire to 2–3 days depending on the theme), and also on the grades, we receive for them. It is definitely Achievable, realistic, as well as ambitious because we desire a better output in general for future courses. The team’s target is Relevant and in line with the achievement of the members’ goals since we all have identified this issue and we have decided to improve it for the team to operate more efficiently. Our Time-Bound is within 2 weeks.
At the same time, regarding the GROW model, the Goal is the most direct coordination of the group for the assignments. We are in a situation -R (Reality) where we have recognized the problem and we have laid the groundwork to resolve it. A major obstacle is a distance that separates us due to the quarantine and virus conditions. While auxiliary factors are the pleasant atmosphere between us and our determination to become better. The thing each member of the group can do -O (Options), to ameliorate the overall performance, is to be more concentrated and alert during the course. Also, we will regulate our individual programs and determine specific days and hours to work on the projects, i.e. using a timer for practicing under -greater- time pressure. We Want (Willingness) to reach our target within 2 weeks.
SKETCH & QUOTE
The quote which we think expresses the mentality of our team as a whole is: “Ubi Concordia, Ibi Victoria” (where there is unity, there is victory). We accompany the phrase above with a very characteristic sketch, which perfectly expresses us. We believe that the “key” to success is to find the right balance within the team so that cooperation is lasting, healthy, and effective. Besides, to bond is the meaning of being a group, so this is the element in which we wish to invest more.