Imagine | Create | Inspire
Working cohesively as a Team
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      The first workshop for Day 2 was aimed at helping the volunteer committee students to:
  • Identify their Vision
  • Create a plan for building a whole committee
  • Develop plans to meet short and long term goals.
      Vision cannot be explained from one person to another. “Vision without action is just a dream, Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with Action can change the world.” Our first activity was to create a vision board of what we want for our relay in the future. The idea is to see what the goals are of the individuals, as these are what drive people and to why they participate.

      Next was to help change from having a whole committee to a WHOLE committee. Not the idea that the committee doesn’t have enough members, but also that members are diverse around the entire campus. Consider yourself how wholly involved you are within your university, group or society. Diversity among different interests, clubs and communities allows you to have a wider and vast knowledge of your own surroundings. It’s these personal connections among different groups that encourages growth in your workplace.

       way to become a WHOLE, is team bonding and cohesion. Without it, it creates an environment where working together is can be difficult. Being able to connect with other members in your team requires being able to get to how you all are connected and why you are working together to achieving the same vision and goal.

      Being able to see this is an integral part of working cohesively within a team. By establishing common goals and understanding how each member engages as part of a team can provide a comfortable and rewarding environment, making it easier to achieve your common goals.
What is Leadership
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           I first started thinking that leadership is “the ability to make a decision or perform an action on behalf of a group to benefit the group as a whole.” During the first workshop for the NRFLLE we discussed the many aspects of leadership and being able to recognize what makes a leader and how one can further enhance their skills if they are within a leadership role.

           The first thing we touched on is who do we consider leaders? Can you think of the last 5 people who won the Oscar, picked in the NBA draft, richest people alive? Little tricky, may be able to answer a couple but not really. Now think of the people who made a positive difference in your life. You could easily name five right? The point is that, just because someone may be exceptional in their field of work doesn’t necessarily mean that these people are or should be considered leaders. It is the people who have a positive impact that you should aspire to consider as personal leaders.

“When we are inspired we can tap into our best selves and do amazing things.”

           Our next activity was a subset of smaller activities that helped in the various areas that people may people may be good or bad at, or possibly unaware of it’s impact completely.

           The first was self-awareness, where we shared personal characteristics that may hinder our ability to work as a leader. To be self-aware means you know how you feel and how your emotions and actions affect those around you. Ways to improve yourself aware ness could be to keep a journal or simply slow down.

           Next was self-management, where we stand on a 1-10 line of how well we relate in regards to change. These are those who manage themselves effectively, and rarely verbally attack others, make rushed or emotional decisions, serotype people or compromise their values. Ways to improve the trait is to practice being calm, being able to hold your-self accountable and to look for the silver lining.

           After that was Social Awareness. In this exercise we did some improve where we acted out various workplace scenarios. This is crucial to managing a successful team and committee and is focused on the leader having empathy which helps build the respect and loyalty of the team. You can enhance this trait by changing your perspective, tune into body language and be able to respond appropriately to feelings.

           Finally our last activity was Relationship Management. This focused on what we saw was the difference between a coach and a mentor. Those with good RM are great communicators and set an example with their own work. One can improve this by learning conflict resolution skills, improve communication, and learn how to show appreciation.

”Being a leader is not about making yourself more powerful. It’s about making the people around you more powerful” – Heidi Wills

           After this very intensive workshop being able to define what a leader is become significantly harder and everyone’s definition was different. What does leadership mean to you?
Finally Back in America - NRFLLE
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So I’ve finally made it, to America and to my hotel. Oh how I’ve missed you. 27 hrs over one train trip and two flights, one the longest currently possible, and I’m finally here in Atlanta, Georgia for the National Relay For Life Leadership Experience. Considering I landed only half an hour later than when I took off, I seem to be dealing with the change in time quite well. Though the weather is not ideal, every time I come to America it seems to be unconditional weather for this area, I’m just finally glad to be able to stretch my legs out properly. The flights I will say weren’t too bad. Considering that my last flight was with delta, I was just stoked to have a power point to charge my stuff let alone a wide choice of movies that I didn’t have to pay for. But it’s not time to crash yet, just going to check out the conference room, and have run through of my presentation and get a solid meal. To track my progression for this trip click on the collection link Why Not RFL or follow the #whynotrfl tag on all social media.