Essays on Retrospection at the Entire Duration of the Course BUSI Coursework

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The paper 'Retrospection at the Entire Duration of the Course BUSI " is a perfect example of education coursework.   One of the greatest sources of our happiness is our relationships with our immediate families, friends, and colleagues. In all these relationships, we play different roles at a subconscious level, some without even realizing. Understanding how to operate efficiently within these diverse groupings is consequently a significant inter-personal skill that we have to keep on developing and improving on for the rest of our lives. Working in teams and groups made up of people from diverse backgrounds at the university is a quite a new experiences that challenge our preconceived ideas of human interactions and getting to know how we as individuals and others function in such settings can save us a lot of hassle later during our studies and even our professional careers.

This essay looks back in retrospection at the entire duration of the course BUSI 1204 – Personal and professional development 1. The skills that I learnt during the entire academic year, what I liked and did not like about the course, and what changes I can recommend about the course to help it even be more effective to future learners. Important Team Characteristics For a team to function properly and succeed in its undertakings, certain principles ought to be adhered to ensure this.

The team should establish the goals at the onset of the group and every member should make sure that they know exactly the purpose of the group. Team members should also establish proper communication channels to ensure amongst themselves to ensure everyone is doing their responsibility and working towards their common goal.

Communication is a critical success factor within any teamwork, and it will determine whether the team succeeds or fails. Teamwork is defined by Scarnati (2001, p. 5) ‘ as a cooperative process that allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results’ . Luca & Tarricone (2001, p. 44) also explain that teamwork calls for cooperation not competition amongst the team members. Finally, progress can be monitored periodically to ensure that the team is moving towards the goal within the specified time framework and if any errors and deviations should be addressed at this point in order to get back on the right track. When it came to goal setting and developing an action plan, our team used a strategy that worked well for us each time.

We would come together and just start pouring out diverse ideas. Everyone contributed what was on their minds and then we would sift through all the listed ideas and select the most viable and feasible ones. Then we would refine the ones we had come up with and then go over them further until we got the most suitable one.

This teamwork fostered a spirit of cooperation rather than the competition because we also realized that it is the team that will be evaluated and not the individual members. Communication was a bit of a challenge in our group because we took quite a while to bond together. However, after a series of meetings communication challenges eased and from then on everything went on smoothly. We also made a point of meeting periodically to review the work that we had done so far, in relation to what we were to do so that we do not end up doing the wrong task perfectly (Lim and Klein 2006, p. 404).

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Scanarti, J. T. 2001. On becoming a team player. Team Perfomance Management: An International Journal, vol.7, no.1/2, pp 5-10

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