Essay on Communication Reflection

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Expectations and Personal Anxiety
As I reflected on my experience with the team project, I found that at the conclusion of the project my attitude and opinion of group projects was more positive. Initially, the idea of a working on a group project in graduate school created anxiety, doubt, and skepticism. My uneasiness stemmed from my experience during my undergraduate studies as an adult learner; three out of five group projects resulted in poor quality research, content, and conflict between the high output team members and the low engaged team members. Personally, from day one of this class, I had some trepidation about working on the group project; I was anxious about my future team members’ enthusiasm, dedication, and quality of
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The different motivation levels became very evident during the group projects, likely due to our generational differences (Watt, 2010). Unfortunately, the unmotivated members of the group ended up earning the same grade as those that contributed the most to the project. Based on my undergraduate experience, I was not surprised that I had a myopic view of the upcoming team project. Before the project started, to combat my biases and be able to contribute to the team, I approached the project with an open mind and I focused on the excitement of collaborating on a project and not the negative experience of my undergraduate projects (Kuisma, 2007). My mindset turned to utilizing methods that I use in my workplace, do everything that I can to create a sense of team, establish a good line of communication, involve everyone in the decision-making process, and develop a common goal (Peterson, 2007).
Contributing to the Team Dynamics
Once I knew my team members, to relieve my personal anxiety and address my bias, I took the initiative to send out an email to create a positive team atmosphere and encourage communication amongst the team (Greg, 2006). Within the first day, one of the team members took the initiative to step up and serve as our team leader. Selecting a world known leader to highlight was surprisingly easy, within a couple of days the team reached consensus on a leader to highlight, we

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