In which I admit to struggling with being a good leader
Not all projects have leaders–most of the time we have been pretty equally collaborative. But with one team member missing the class analysis and another one (mistakenly, of course, because she is totally brilliant) assuming that she does not know that much about systems, I stepped up. I split up tasks and gave everyone goals. I was a cheerleader for new ideas and sometimes a counselor too.
Being a leader added an extra level of stress that I was not prepared for. Deadlines became scarier and I felt so much pressure to produce an excellent project. I spent hours researching and working on it but probably an equal number of hours fretting.
As the project took shape, we all felt some relief. Everything made sense! Early on, I looked at the structure of our document and wondered how it was all going to fit together. Once my teammates added their sections, the project had a proper flow. I was so pleased!
Even more exciting was hearing the ideas of the other groups in class. They were all so different! But, in reality, each one could work. A combination of all of them would meet the program’s needs, too. The amazing work of all my classmates (and friends!) is one of the reasons I enjoy this class (and program) so much.
I am currently taking Groups and Teams and this experience was so relevant to what we’re learning in that class–I’m going to post another blog here talking about how these classes interact with each other!
I thought someone would have to say it after Lindsey’s FANTASTIC Google presentation the other day, but is anyone as devastated by the loss of Google Reader as I am? When I logged into Reader the other day and saw the pop up, I nearly lost it. However, I’ve been using Feedly for a few days and I really like it (I think Lindsey would like it too!). I’m fascinated by all the blogs I’ve seen since Wednesday that mourn the loss of GR. I think it’s one of the biggest sudden losses (myspace was gradual) of technology since I’ve been paying attention.
Photo of band leader from State Library of Queensland, Australia Creative Commons on flickr.