WF ED 572, 002, FA19 – Blog Reflection 2

How well do you feel you work with other people? Describe how you interact with others. For example, are you timid or shy? Outgoing?

We do annual reviews at my workplace and one of the things that I am frequently told is that I am a good team member. I work very well with people. I listen to those I am working with, exert my expertise when appropriate, and try to track team habits that we would like to change. (ie Make a point of asking a man to be the notetaker and/or acknowledging when a female colleague is interrupted.)

I am an extrovert. If you value the Myers-Briggs, I am an ESFJ-T. I lean toward making sure everyone on my team feels comfortable. I  like a happy team without much tension. I also believe that struggle can breed progress, so being conflict-averse can lead to some deleterious consequences in the long run.  Intellectually, I know that tension on a team is ok and can be helpful, but sitting with that discomfort is something I need to work on.

If someone asked your friends about you, what would they say about your personal strengths and areas for improvement? Why would they say what they say?

My friends would say that I am funny, a bit loud, and opinionated.   I think they would also say that I am there for them when needed.   I build close friendships with people and I am frequently a holder of secrets.    They say this because it is true.   I’ve been told as much.  I am also a planner for my group of friends.  Ready to go on a trip?  I am the guy who sketches out the itinerary, makes the group text and coordinates the sleeping arrangements.

Colleagues would say that I am funny and quite personable. People like to work with me and I have credibility in fulfilling my promises. People say this because I have a track record of doing what I set out to do, and because I really can make my colleagues laugh. I like to do my work, but know about how people are feeling as a whole. Few can bifurcate their personal and professional lives, so I link to engage my colleagues as a whole person.

I think many people would say that I do not hold my cards very close to my chest. I am an open book and that can sometimes seem like a less than steady hand. Many times people look for a leader who is calming taking in and analyzing a situation. I can respond quickly and emotionally to certain situations.

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