Working in a team can be stressful, difficult and time consuming – but there are definitely benefits to not always doing things on your own.
In my group last week, I think we each experienced some of the benefits of having a group to rely on. One of the things I think we did best was taking advantage of each of our strengths. We tried to divide up the tasks according to what we each would be best at, and enjoy the most. For example, neither of Fellows felt very comfortable with their English skills so the Attachees took on the duties of writing and speaking. As a compromise we all worked together on idea generation and brainstorming.
This way of dividing up the work reminded me of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The idea came from developmental psychologist Howard Gardner and centers around the idea that there are various intelligences at which one can excel. Gardner believed there to be little correlation between the different areas of cognitive abilities.
He designated the following eight intelligences:
I found this website which offers a quiz that will tell you what intelligences you possess, or in other words, your strengths. My strongest intelligences are social or interpersonal, language or linguistic, and musical. I believe my social intelligence played a role in our groups ability to from bonds so quickly.
Now, what are your strengths?