Words of Advice: Getting to Know Your Team


You’ll soon learn in Competitive Effectiveness that there are four stages to the life cycle of any team; forming, norming, storming, and performing. This post will focus on the first stage. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your teammates over the next month, and your ability to form a strong working relationship with them is a crucial part of your success in competitive effectiveness. Our panel of SBI veterans has some advice to offer on how to form your team. 

“Encourage group time outside of work time. An example would be my team’s trip to Panera or even just having lunch with each other.” – Liz Tyhacz, Mechanical Engineering Major, SBI 2013

“Hang out with them outside of class. Understand your role and do it well.” – Nathan Swain, Chemical Engineering Major, SBI 2012

 “Take the classroom activities seriously because they are good simulations for group work situations.”Nick Holden, History Major, SBI 2013

“Take the time to get to know each team member individually. It is also important to keep an open mind when working with a diverse group of students.” – Ashley Reed, Mathematics Major, SBI 2013 

“Compliment each other and focus on strengths.” – Christine Fossaseca, Computer Engineering Major, SBI 2013

“We found our common interests and tried to connect to our work so that we wouldn’t diverge too much from the assignments.” – Ginny Lee, Civil Engineering Major, SBI 2013

“It was not done immediately, it took time and trust to show that our group could easily gel together. Having these things, plus a relaxed, focused mentality will help your team achieve your goals.” – Domenico Cricchio, Political Science and Italian Double Major, SBI 2012

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