This week we focused on utilising our collaboration skills via exercises based around the subject of teams, groups and ethics. We were asked to discuss and answer a series of questions within the groups at our tables. Afterward, we split off into our teams to produce a new team ‘code of conduct’ that reflected which ethical practices, behaviours and traits we desire to exercise throughout the year ahead. It was really good getting into discussions with our table groups; we got to hear what each person thought would be positive and negative traits to have within a team in the professional world. We gathered our ideas together and made an initial code of conduct to which we placed up on Moodle. After a bit more discussion, we broke off into our teams so that we could collaborate alongside one another with the white boards as our paper. I thought this was a really enjoyable exercise due to the fact that we were exercising some of our desired ethics such as listening to one another, sharing ideas, taking turns to write up on the board, and celebrating our team by working to create a code of conduct that we all agreed upon. It was fascinating to go through all of the teams afterward; you could see many commonalities within each individual group, thus proving that there are certain ethics within our culture that are desired and considered important in order to function successfully.
Here are my answers to todays exercises:
- Ethics consist of a set of moral codes or principles that determine ones behaviour toward themselves, their peers and environment/society.
- There is no singular set of ethics to abide by, for ethics will likely change according to that of ones cultural and societal influences.
- It is unethical to plagirase and or cheat a test…
- It is unethical to claim another person’s work as your own…
- A team is a set of individuals working together to solve a common problem or goal.
- A group is a set of individuals gathered together in any given area, for a common reason, but are not working together to solve any issue.
Examples of a team and group could be:
Team: A set of people working onboard a sailing yacht; their common goal is to cross the finish line. Group: A gathering of people at tuck shop, lined up to order food.