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Build your Toolbox

The start of any journey can be exciting but needs proper planning. I think that any new start up or venture by an NGO or designer needs careful consideration. Tiny Houses would like to build a physical community. There are lots of issues that they need to address.

The first reason for creating a work team is structure. Creating a core work team that you can trust will set a good foundation for a successful journey. Finding link minded people with different skill sets will be useful in building up your tool kit.  A group leader is needed, often the founder. Someone who is passionate about the project and makes the time to put it at the forefront of things. Creating a team will give direction and a shared workload. The size of the group needs to be considered. As I’ve mentioned before, group size determines limits for intimacy. Too big and the team may lose efficiency. Get it right, and you may see results quicker than you thought you would.

The second reason is utilizing tools. Work can be shared and completed far more effectively with a varied group of skilled people. Achieving the right blend of people will boost your chances of success. One important tool that is needed is a technology steward. For Tiny houses who struggle with awareness, possible misconceptions and funding, a technology steward is key. Somebody who understands Tiny Houses can pair the right online platforms to address their goals and issues and build their online community. This is someone who definitely needs to be in the toolbox. 

The third reason is professionalism. We can be our own worst enemy at times. We can have a brilliant new idea we want to try, but can often fail to be strict with ourselves and may take our foot off the gas. A group brings with it a positive pressure. You try harder because you have teammates you don’t want to let down. Regular meetings are arranged and progress is measured. A satisfaction comes with it, knowing that you are collectively working towards your goal in a structured manner. 

Writing up a game plan, as we have done for Tiny Houses will give structure, goals and direction. Finding the right tools for the job can help create a bright future for Tiny Houses.

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Teamwork: It is less Me and more We

I have found myself in quite a fascinating work group of 7 members from different corners of the globe. We are from Brazil, Benin, Iran, Italy, Germany, and Britain. Working with such a diverse group isn’t a regular occurrence for me, so how should I approach this and how should we approach this? Well firstly we recognize that this is a great opportunity to learn from each other. We have more pools of knowledge to pull ideas from. Coming from different cultural backgrounds means that we have been shaped by different values and so we’ll probably approach challenges in different ways. This has the potential to provide both advantages and disadvantages. However, overcoming any difficulties will be helped by the team structure. We’ve been discussing how group numbers can affect the functionality of a team. Even numbers can bring stability to a team, members can work in pairs. While an odd numbered team encourages creativity. This may be because there is less rigid structure so members are working from multiple angles. We’ve found that having 7 members is on the large size. Group size determines limits for intimacy. This has been making it difficult for all of us to attend the same meetings and to listen to every members thoughts. To solve this, we’re considering splitting the team in to pairs with one team leader. Splitting a team in to smaller groups will create a good team dynamic. This will maximize potential using different individuals strengths and pooling all our work together at a later stage. This is a useful thought for our NGO, Tiny Houses. Forming smaller groups according to talent will make their community stronger. For instance small groups of technology stewards and people with marketing experience can work separately and efficiently, then at the end work together to find the best way to increase their ‘brand’ awareness in Florida. The video calls with our NGO are proving highly effective. With 7 members present, there is always a question being asked or a thought shared. In a short period of time we can discuss a lot of information. So we’ll definitely carry on this trend. So far, our first task as a group is proving very useful in exploring team dynamics and team efficiency. This knowledge will be vital as we progress and take on more challenges in the future. 

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