Group Projects

3 10 2012

Working in unity – personified!

Perfectionists don’t like to be dependent on other people to complete tasks.

I’ve only had to work on a few group projects while getting my online degree. Sometimes it’s easy to divvy up the responsibilities so that the workload is evenly distributed and it’s obvious to see which part of it was done by me. Sounds egotistical, I know. My success or failure in the scales of someone else is not something that I relish.

In my literature class, I’ve been lucky to be paired with two other women. There was a man in our group, but he dropped the class. I hope we didn’t scare him away with our brilliance (double entendre intended – say that five times fast).

Our project is to create a Power Point on the life and works of one of the authors we will be reading during the term. I was leaning toward Stephen Crane, but the other ladies were fascinated by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Yay, feminism. Back in the day when it actually meant equality and the right to vote, not special concessions or that men were pigs.

I was quite willing to put the presentation together, but the other Sharon (yes, the instructor put two women named Sharon in the same group – go figure) spoke up first. Later, she realized she had another commitment within a few days of the due date and thought it might be expedient for someone else to put everything together. Guess who?

Two weeks prior to the due date, she emailed me a concise biography and several images for the project. I knew I liked this woman. Maybe it was the name that tipped me off.

It was a few days later when I received a much smaller document from my other partner. It had only a couple unique items, but I was able to incorporate them into the slide show.

Exactly one day before I was ready to upload the project for my partners’ approval, I got another email from the other Sharon. She had the most excellent image for the project. It was what I envisioned the background of each slide to be and now – they were! This woman is amazing.

Within hours of the email to her with the first draft of the project attached, Sharon replied. She had realistic suggestions. Some of the changes she suggested were things I’d already been considering. Of course, I didn’t agree with everything she said, meaning some of the things she thought we should include, I didn’t add.

Apparently, working on a group project – even over long distances- can be a learning experience. If you have industrious co-laborers, it can even be rewarding. I salute my partners.

Hopefully, they think positive thoughts about me when they see what I’ve put together for our project.

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