For this exercise, list five strengths and five weaknesses that are most characteristic of your work habits. Remember, be honest with yourself and with your team. Honesty at the start of the project sets the precedent of open communication and heads off misunderstandings later in the project. Once you have created your list, share it with your team members. This information goes a long way to helping ensure a successful collaboration. Once you know each other’s work habits, you can set up expectations that accommodate all members to ensure that the work gets done well and on time. Record in a group document what these expectations are. Be as explicit as possible.
We all have strengths and weaknesses. When working on a project, individually or as a group, some habits, skills, and abilities help you accomplish your goals and others require discipline to work through. In a group, open communication is key to successful collaboration and that includes being honest about your work habits—including your strengths and weaknesses.
Consider this table to help you get started thinking about your own skills and abilities. Notice how little difference there is between some strengths and weaknesses. It’s a matter of degree and discipline.
- Good organization skills/Not very organized
- Good communicator/Reluctant to communicate
- Good listener/Unresponsive
- Consistent worker/Procrastinator
- Strong writing skills/Not confident as a writer
- Strong math skills/Not confident with math
- Strong visual design skills/Not confident with visual design
- Strong technological skills/Not confident with technology
This table is just to get you thinking. Think about how you work and work hard to be honest. Knowing and using your strengths and weaknesses to your advantage makes you a valuable employee and team member. It will also make your life easier!