Table of Contents
Roles that I am interested in
Professional skills needed
Why are these skills important?
What was done well as a group
Challenges faced by me
Me being over-ambitious or under-ambitious
What could be done better in future?
Own strengths and weaknesses
In what areas have I improved?
In what areas can I further develop my skills? What opportunities are there for me?
Professional skill development should be one of the biggest concerns for the learners. In order to pursue career growth opportunities and greater potentials, there is no alternative to professional skill development. Academies arrange various workshops, research tasks and other activities to provide the learners with the scope to improve their professional selves. Here I describe my learning from the group research work recently assigned to us.
Roles played in a group, that I am most interested in include leadership, plant and coordinator role. These are some of the most challenging roles for an individual. First of all, according to Belbin, plants are creative and free thinkers. They generate ideas to solve difficult problems (Hughes, 2009). Thus, a plant member in a work group needs to be highly intelligent, strategic and creative thinker. Secondly, coordinators have to clarify the group objectives to others, and delegate group tasks effectively. Thus, they need to have high interpersonal skills. Finally, leadership role is also a highly challenging role because the tasks of a leader involves coordinating the functions, communicating, controlling, managing, motivating and take responsibility for better outcomes from the group (Kruckeberg, Amann and Green, 2011). The reason I interested in these roles is because these roles involve some of the most important professional skills and mastery in these roles would help me to achieve greater career growth potentials.
As we conducted our research and delivered the presentation, I have learnt that communication skills, problem solving skills, team working skills, delegation skills, and leadership skills are very important in such group scenarios (Pearson and Wilson, 2001).
The ultimate aim for developing professional skills is to be successful with career and pursue career potentials. For example, most of the larger companies like Tesco, BP, Microsoft, inhibit team culture. They look for employee with good team working skills. Working in a team, I also need to develop effective leadership. In organizations, employees with greater leadership skills tend to receive promotions faster than the others. Communication skill is important for all aspects of an organization (DeCenzo and Silhanek, 2002). Employees check on the communication skills at the very interview panel as they recruit and select employees. Problem solving skill is important for many reasons. For example, given the option to choose from the alternatives of business projects, an effective problem solver identifies the potentials and threats of each project and thus, determine the best option for the organization. Problem solving, leadership and delegation skills are also important to solve workplace conflicts (Bolton, 2011).