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Progress statement

Boud states that to review an experience one must ‘recapture the experience, think about it, mull over and evaluate it’ (Boud et al. 1985) I will follow this piece of advice when constructing my progress statement and development plan, I will also heavily consulted Kolb’s 'Experiential Learning experience as a source of learning and development ' cycle. He states that you go through an experience, then review it, conclude from it and finally plan the next stage. I followed this while making notes of what to include in my progress statement. This way I felt that I was covering all necessary stages in reviewing the work that I had done.

When reviewing my first semester of studying Business and Management
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However, although this piece of work was very successful, being someone who does not take well to confrontation and conflict I found it particularly difficult to get past and settle the fact that in my first Skills and Development assignment we had a member of the group that did not contribute equally and in some ways not at all. Unfortunately I really kept away from this and therefore relied upon a team member to resolve this issue. I am more than aware that this isn’t the last time that I will be faced with such a situation and therefore plan to tackle such problems head on. Writers such as Stevens and Campion (1999) who constructed a list of desirable team skills at work placed ‘conflict resolution’ high on the list. This further proved to me that I needed to be able to handle such situations and that one day I may be faced with similar circumstances on my own with no other team members to help me or that I can rely on. This led me into reading up help into resolving issues in this module’s core textbook, Skills Development for Business and Management Students –Kevin Gallagher, 2010. I am also aware that conflict may arise in other situations, for instance when trying to get my opinions across I sometimes back down to other people’s if they contrast with my own. Through learning how to resolve conflict effectively I feel that I will be able
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