Have you ever had a working relationship that was very productive, and a little frustrating? You may agree on the 'what,' the important matters, but not always the 'how.' As a team you are getting it done, navigating tension, and making each other a little crazy. Can we be effective using different means?
|Productive Struggle is Expected|
When you find you are at odds as team members, consider: are you or your teammate maneuvering for control or to have your individual needs (or students' needs) met? How can you get to your final destination using means that meet each members' needs?
Epilogue: The Porcupine Mountain Trail Marathon
I started pacing the marathon; Haley paced miles three and four...we implemented our plan with fidelity, trading the lead/pacing responsibility every two miles. As we continued we found the other receptive to suggestion,"I need to slow," or "Can we pick it up?" were accepted because they worked as minor adjustments to the plan and fit our changing energy needs. We completed the first half in 3 hours optimistic, suffered a fall, recovered, finishing in 6:53- under the cut-off! It was the hardest we had ever worked together for a finish, with the possible exception of our first marathon.
|Plan to Meet Needs and Succeed|