Sunday, February 26, 2012

Reflecting on Communication in the Early Childhood Field

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”                          By:  Oscar Wilde

Thanks to each of you for sharing your thoughts and inspiration throughout this class (EDUC-6165-2 Communicating and Collaborating in the Early Childhood Field).  I have enjoyed reading and commenting to each of your blog.  I have learned a lot.  I hope that each of you have enjoyed reading my blog as well.  Good Luck to each of you!!!

Team Building and Collaboration

Adjourning is the process of "unforming" the group, that is, letting go of the group structure and moving on.  Adjourning refers to the team breaking up after the task has been completed.  Transforming involves the team not breaking up but instead moving onto other tasks and objectives (from what I understand).
I found these stages of team development quite relevant.  These stages can be cyclical once changes occur, such as the introduction of a new team member or the change of some other team variable that can modify how the team works.  Some of you may be familiar with this model of group development but for those that aren’t I highly recommend that you take these phases into consideration and explore them within your current organizations. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Nonviolent Communication and Conflict Management

Conflict with a Co-worker......

I once had an agreement with a co-worker.  There was a debate over who should be nominated for employee of the year.  My co-worker asked who I was nominating and when I revealed my answer, she became upset.  My co-worker was telling me negative things about the person that I selected that was not related to the job performance.  She was basing it upon the person personal life. I carefully listened to my co-worker and then proceeded to tell her that I respect her opinion but I also wanted her to respect my opinion.  I explain that we as human will have some disagreement but it’s all about respecting one another.  My co-worker did not agree with me and the debate cause us to lose our friendship. 

I am always willing to listen to other people’s opinion and I wish other people would treat me the same.