• What is the most useful thing I learned in this module?
    • That when people aren’t actively contributing in an online group collaboration it may not necessarily be a work related issue. It may just be a lack of communication. (Slide 14)
  • What is a specific example of something from this module I have already put into practice? How did it work out?
    • Something from this module that I have already put into practice is the work of understanding what needs to be done and then divying up the work accordingly. 
  • What ideas from this module could I put into practice in the future? How?
    • What I could put into practice in the future is the practice of exuding specific clarifications on the tasks to be done and at what time.
  • What advice would I give to students (or working professionals), based on what I’ve read or experienced during this module?
    • To working professionals, I would highly recommend that they keep a written easy to reference itinerary of what needs to be done, by whom, and when.
  • Include a link to the original source in your post.       

This is my first blog post and it is dedicated to encouraging strong leadership and effective communication in collaborative work based projects. What has been the most challenging aspect of your projects in your professional life? I’ll bet that everything aside, the most trying thing can be managing other people…Communicating effectively with others. Contrary to what we may assume, a member of a project who consistently approaches deadlines with a leisurely pace may not necessarily be “lazy”. It is worth a chance to consider if the leader and or head of the project was clear with deadline expectations and submission time frames. In order to further drive the point home, I will review specific tasks that each person in the group can choose to participate in, according to his or her own role. An active participant can ask questions to ensure they are on the same page as the rest of the group. The figurehead of the group can ask members to verbally affirm what their tasks are in order to confirm understanding. The figurehead also must understand that they need to be in charge of assigning tasks, not making requests. Alltogether, each member can actively participate in task based application sites like Asana, and post updates and request feedback on the work that they have done so far.

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