-How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation?
In a stressful situation, I fin the best way to deal with any stress is to not try to argue people’s ideas. If someone were to come up with an idea that you found to be a bad idea, generally I would just let it slide for the time being until the stress was gone, then I would attempt to talk to the person about ways to improve upon it. If you try to collaborate when everyone is under stress, arguments will break out and the environment becomes more destructive rather than productive. It is usually better to try to aid others when everyone is calm and focused.
– What should you do when you find yourself following a leader who is ineffective? How do you continue to add value?
If you encounter a leader who is relatively ineffective, the first option is usually to contribute to his ideas so that they can be more effective, however sometimes the leader could be ineffective and stubborn as well. If this is the case, I would usually try to collaborate more with those on the same level as me, rather than attempt to change the ways of the leader. Ideally the leader is open to suggestions, and those who he/she is leading will have an equal say in the ideas produced.
-List the different “hats” that you are currently required to wear?
Currently, I have a relatively wide variety of hats. First i have my school work hat, which requires me to be ore focused than usual. I then have my “work” hat, which I use at my job, where I must act much friendlier to customers, and always be putting in large amounts of effort to get tasks completed. I also have my “music” hat, which allows me to be more relaxed and creative. I also have my “relaxing” hat, which allows me to tune out to the world, without having to worry about tasks that I need to have completed. This hat is only used AFTER I’ve completed everything that I needed to get done.
– What ideas, products, or services provided by your committee/quad are so important that you would allow someone else to take credit for them even though you contributed?
Last year in the food committee, there are a few jobs that I helped out in that I would not take any credit for. First off was scheduling and planning the shopping trips, since although I gave my two cents the bulk of it was completed by the co chairs and chair. The next one would be planning out the meals, since although I gave suggestions for foods to eat, I was not part of creating the ingredients lists.
-In the past have you put your team above your own personal success?
This one is 50/50 for me. When the task is a large one that the whole group is involved in, I will put the success of the team in front of my personal success, since I realize that I could not complete the task at hand if I were alone. However, when it comes to completing a group of small tasks, I will put my personal success in front of others, since all the tasks can be completed easily on your own, and do not require a group to complete. In this case, everyone should hopefully be able to complete the tasks on their own, without the assistance of group members. This is only the case when the tasks are small and very easily, since usually committee work involves large tasks that should be done as a team.
-What would you rather do: see your own vision put into action and come to fruition, or help others fulfill theirs? Explain.
I’m also 50/50 on this one. I think that there should be a balance between the two. This is because if you are always focused on assisting others in completing their ideas, you can never have any of you own. That means that there’s a large amount of unused knowledge that could create incredible ideas, but it is never put to use. I think that everyone should try to balance between working on their own projects, as well as helping others complete theirs.
-In what ways have you experienced the influence challenge?
I found that the biggest challenge I’ve had with the influence challenge is people who are leading you that are biased. For example, the person leading may have two people below them: one close friend and one person that they just consider an acquaintance. It is very likely that the leader will give more benefits to the close friend, and leave the coworker with the harder work and less benefits. This is difficult because if you are below them, you have a lower influence and cannot change how they are treating the two people. I have found this to be a very common issue when you have a low level of influence.