Teamwork, what does that mean?
This week we talked about how to be in a successful team and all the hard, uncomfortable, and very real things that come along with being in an unsuccessful team. After filling out a team assessment and product dartboard, I realized I wasn’t the happiest I could be with where our team was as a unit.
We kicked off the class with some of Christina’s warm up exercises which were hilarious and fun. We then met with our teams and got a little more intimate, sitting next to each other facing opposite directions. We had sentence starters such as “I wish people..” “Sometimes I pretend…” “I worry about…” “I hope…” which got personal pretty quickly after we all ran out of general hopes and wishes. I felt uncomfortable and vulnerable talking about these things with people who aren’t my mom or best friend. I did feel closer after listening to my group’s responses, it made me know them deeper and feel more personally connected to them. I felt happy to be closer to the people that I work with so closely. We see each other for 6–9 hours a week or more, yet I realized I barely know anything about them.
We went over our team assessments and have slightly different opinions on how we work as a team.
We came up with a few new rules as a team and started on my favorite activity from that day. We drew an empathy map for ourselves with our faces in the middle. We then wrote things like “thinks/ feels” , “sees/hears”, “pains/gains” , and “keeps/changes”. We then went to someone on our team’s paper and began writing post it notes on how we think that person thinks and feels, etc. This activity really makes you think about that person and puts yourself in their shoes. It was extremely helpful to write how you think about this person and how they are perceived to the group. Many similar feelings from different group members come up and we are able to see what our group thinks of us. Do we work well together? Do we like each other? Do we trust each other? We all went over what we need to work on and it has pushed us so much further this weekend. At midterm, I realized that some people in my group may not care about this project as much as I do, or aren't as excited about it, so how do you change that? Be a good leader. I realized from my empathy map that I need to take more charge and stop trying to be so nice. That is what I worked on over the weekend.
This weekend, Daniel and I went to the culinary school again and talked to 2 students, a professor, and the head of the school. We set up an appointment with him and he is totally willing to provide chef students for our trial! The two students we talked to were excited about our idea and brought us to the teacher of their senior class. Our goal this week was to get some chefs and some customers to do a trial run of our service. After we spoke to the students they said they want to know this is legitimate. They want to see our brand, flyers, business cards, and what we are truly about. So Daniel (as CMO) began to build our brand. We had some arguing over the name, logo, colors, type, through iMessage (might be better to do this in person). Tiger (CTO) created some social media for us so the students can easily contact us and Ale (CFO) is figuring out exactly how we should pay the chefs, how much per hour, service fees etc. We had a productive weekend! I wrote up what we need to focus on, all of the things we need to do, and individual tasks and responsibilities. This was extremely efficient. We broke up the work and all delivered things that provide a start towards making this happen.
I’ve decided I need to type out our weekly goals and individual responsibilities weekly. Teamwork means to push each other, trust each other, deliver, be critical, tell people what they need to hear, and to just care about your team.