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Old 01-08-2006, 06:11 PM
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Default Pros and cons of working in a team/group

I have a bundle of interviews the next couple weeks I'm thinking about how I'm going to answer the question, Do you work better individually or in a group? I'd like to know the pros and cons of working in a team so I sound like I know what I'm talking about. Here's what I have so far.

Pros-
More resources and able to complete larger scale projects
More solutions (Diversity)
Better ability to detect flaws
Greater understanding of what needs to be done
See how your piece of the project fits in with the big picture
Strengthens communication skills

Cons-
Lost resources due to more time spent planning/organizing, poor planning/organization
Lack of accountability (Everyone should have a part in success or failure)
The larger the group, the less proportion of people that are willing to voice their opinions (Silence doesn't necessarily mean agreement)
People come to meetings less prepared leaving other people to fill in the gaps
Group think/ group polarization (people agree with the dominant player's ideas too much)

What big ideas am I missing?

I'm adding everyone's ideas. For some reason I can't get to the "reason for editing" page.
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Old 01-08-2006, 06:15 PM
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hmm. doesn't seem that you're answering the question that was asked.
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hmm. doesn't seem that you're answering the question that was asked.
I'm not. I have an answer for that, but I'd also like to address why I think it's important to be strong in both.
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Con - Have to spend a ton of time explaining projects to junior associates only for them to quit a short time later anyway.
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Pro--employees know more about their overall project/work. They see how their piece fits into the bigger picture.

Pro--Employees have to take time to explain things and work on their communication skills.

Con--Oftentimes a group contains the wrong mix of people to complete a project--planning/organization is done poorly.
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Hmmmm well sometimes I feel that in group work you're just a cog that is expected to do their part and certain aspects such as the overall purpose of the assignment are not communicated to the members.

When I have sole autonomy over a project, it's easier for me to oversee all the aspects and get the big picture.
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A major "con" is that many (most?) companies are not set up to reward group performance. It is often hard to differentiate individual contribution on a group project. If raises come out of a "bucket", you can't give the whole group a big raise, regardless of how well the project went. IME, when you work as part of a group, you can expect the avg raise.
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Con: I think I'm a natural alpha raised by betas. Every time I'm in a group I end up being a reluctant leader and keep thinking "how are these people just ok with being told what to do? Someone else please do this"
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