Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday Topic: Team dynamics

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An anonymous question: If you serve on a team, do you see your relationship together more as co-workers or as family? How do team relationships look for you in daily life? Did your team easily fall into a pattern of relationship, or do people have differing desires when it comes to how interconnected your lives are? I'd also love to hear any ideas that you might have about how to help deepen relationships on a team.

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  2. This is a great question, and one relevant for me as we recently experienced a conflict between two people on our team, due in part to differing expectations. While none of us on our team look at it as just a working relationship, some of us have higher expectations of being "like family."

    For me it is challenging sometimes because we've lived here on the field for many years and have many relationships with nationals and other foreigners, while some of our team mates are newer and don't have that support system yet. So I'll be curious to see what others say.

    I think it's important to voice our expectations of team relationship. and talk about it once in a while. I want to be honest about my own limitations, yet also try to be sensitive to others' expectations.