Tuesday, 3 September 2013

IRS Video Presentation

Scholarly findings

Aiman's
Many teams experience stress as they argue a lot over issues that can be resolved easily.
It’s all about the relationships you have with people – which doesn’t necessarily mean friendships. Relationships are built over time, when one person has respect for another. Gradually, trust begins to build, too. You don’t have to be a close personal friend with everyone, but you do always need to show each person respect and professionalism.
Create an atmosphere where everyone each other without being forced to or do willingly.
Define your expectations. A personnel policy and workplace manual should cover individual and team responsibilities. If you don’t already have one, or if you have one that needs updating, be sure it includes items such as:
    1. Job description
    2. Performance reviews
    3. Absenteeism and tardiness
    4. Discipline
    5. Leave of absence
    6. Personal days


Set an adequate time for each task.Be realistic about it and make sure team members are aware of the deadlines
Be careful to not overload your team members with too many commitments or too many interruptions. They will get discouraged and burned out. Instead, focus on delegating one task at a time, communicating the objective and time frame clearly.
Check on progress and thank your team member for doing the work
Split up the work so everyone gets the same amount of respect and workload.Ask your team members to voice out their concern and encourage them to distract themselves from the negativity from personal life.Respond appropriately,if not your teammates will not remember your good side and instead your bad side.Sincere listening will increase your level of teamwork! To do this, ask questions. Instead of giving direct orders, ask questions to guide your team members to think through issues and come up with their own solutions. You will find that ownership and subsequent responsibility for the task increase when the team member develops the solution. Lastly, value your staff. Reassure your team members that their contribution and leadership does have a huge impact on your company’s growth and survival.By following these steps and increasing the accountability of your office staff, you create trust and respect in the workplace. With these changes, your sense of teamwork and trust will grow, while decreasing your levels of stress and conflict!

Sai's

Team building skills are critical for your effectiveness as a manager or entrepreneur.Better understanding of team work can make you a more effective employee and give you an extra edge in your corporate office.A team building success is when your team can accomplish something much bigger and work more effectively than a group of the same individuals working on their own.The first factor in team effectiveness is the diversity of skills and personalities. When people use their strengths in full, but can compensate for each other's weaknesses.The other critical element of team work success is that all the team efforts are directed towards the same clear goals, the team goals.In real life, team work success rarely happens by itself, without focused team building efforts and activities. There is simply too much space for problems. For example, different personalities, instead of complementing and balancing each other, may build up conflicts. Or even worse, some people with similar personalities may start fighting for authority and dominance in certain areas of expertise. Even if the team goals are clear and accepted by everyone, there may be no team commitment to the group goals or no consensus on the means of achieving those goals: individuals in the team just follow their personal opinions and move in conflicting directions.

Thomas'
Teamwork relies on a number of trust factors to be successful and productive in a business group. If teammates do not have a sense of trust with one another, there would most likely not create a strong communication, leading to the failure of the project. There are five elements in the teamwork of team members, cooperations, communications, deadlines, reliability and respect.
Cooperation
Team members have to trust that their colleagues will perform their fair share of the workload to the best of their abilities. Workload should be evenly distributed, and not to give the whole workload to one person.
Communication
Team members should hold open and honest conversations so the team can be more productive and advance in the stage of work. Teammates should also provide accurate and honest results, that way the project would not go off track.
Deadlines
Deadlines are established so that teammates would be able to on time. If one team member does not hand in their respective works on the deadline, it would cause a delay to not only the project itself but also possibly delays other teammates progress.
Reliability
Teammates have to rely on other team members to be able to do their task on time and on target. If one team member does not finish their assigned task on time or does not do it so well, it will cost the project delays.
Respect
Respect is a vital key to the success in a project. All ideas from team members should be considered and not ignored. If a teammate does not respect other team members, it would result in a reduce in the effectiveness of the group.

Danial's
There are six main factors of teamwork:  Supportive sponsor, Focus on stakeholder outcomes, smart goals, committed leadership, mutual trust, and engaged leadership. This factors help in creating the right group, environment and most importantly, the right person to be in a group. It is considered successful when the group trusts each other.  For Supportive sponsor, we both support from outside and  inside the group. Without this support, we will not accomplish much. For the focus on the stakeholder outcomes, we have to find the key points and ideas on what to do. Smart goals are to have a main and shared goal that all group members want to achieve. Committed leadership, it helps us to take hold of the roles and job a leader has to do to motivate the members.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

How trust affects teamwork


Relationships

Aims Of Research:


This research is related to the relationships bound in SST.We aim to find out the positives,negatives,the obstacles and boosters in the relationships built by the students,and think of ways to mend broken ones.


Subjects of study:


This research will study a group of friends, those who have been together for a while now and that have done a few projects together.

Relevancy of search:


1.Our research is important as it will point out the mistakes often committed in relationships and point out how we can mend them to have a positive bonding experience in SST.

2.With students,teachers and staff bonding with each other without hesitation,our community will be strong with each others trust safe and sound.We will not have any negative energy surrounding us,which proves that we have the ability to make this a better place.

3.The research will get rid of hate,negativity towards a person and will learn to forgive and forget unwanted problems.

Related Articles:

The secrets to successful teamwork: Trust and accountability-http://www.reliableplant.com/Read/20205/secrets-to-successful-teamwork-trust-accountability


Feasibility and Manageability:


Yes,this is manageable as a simple survey on how our school resident’s relationships are affected will determine the problem and traveling further than our school is not necessary.

Procedures

Data

We would collect data through surveys such as google form or survey monkey and interview students from SST that has done projects together. We would write down our findings in a Google Document and sort out the problems.

Perspective survey will be used in determining the trust in relationships affect teamwork

Data analysis

Analysing the data

We would collate the data in a Google spreadsheet and pluck out the problems from the survey and the interviews.

Presenting the data

We would put it up into a keynote or google presentation and also make a video on it.




Sunday, 21 July 2013

Task 4:Term 3,Week 3,Group Work

Task 4:Term 3,Week 3,Group Work

Blog Post Title:

Relationships found in SST.

Research Title:

A search on the relationships found in our school.

Aims Of Research:

This research is related to the relationships bound in SST.We aim to find out the positives,negatives,the obstacles and boosters in the relationships built by the students,and think of ways to mend broken ones.

Subjects of study:

This research will study a group of friends,those who have been together for a while now.

Relevancy of search:

1.Our research is important as it will point out the mistakes often committed in relationships and point out how we can mend them to have a positive bonding experience in SST.

2.With students,teachers and staff bonding with each other without hesitation,our community will be strong with each others trust safe and sound.We will not have any negative energy surrounding us,which proves that we have the ability to make this a better place.

3.The research will get rid of hate,negativity towards a person and will learn to forgive and forget unwanted problems.

Related Articles:

we could not find any.

Feasibility and Manageability:

Yes,this is manageable as a simple survey on how our school resident’s relationships are affected will determine the problem and traveling further than our school is not necessary.

Procedures:

1.Use a google form or Survey Monkey for the residents in our school,get an interview from a group of students.

2.Use a google document,and divide the categories into different amount of problems.


Building trust among each other to ensure better teamwork

This research is related to relationships. It aims to :

1.Are relationships in our school acceptable?
2.Do students seem to bond well with others?
3.Are any type of obstacles in the way of the relationships found?
4.Are people willingly staying away from bonding with others?
5.How can we improve the relationships found thus far?
6.Will the relationships found last long?
7.Are these relationships for a good or a bad purpose?
8.How do we mend the relationships broken?

Procedures:

How to gather data?
Surveys,interviews.

How to collate data?
Google drive data where the team can look over easily.

How to sift and sort the data?
Half the team will look over the data in a timespan of 3-4 days.

Data analysis:

1. How to analyse the data?
Set out certain requirement so as to make the language use in the responses appropriate for our research.
2. How to present the data?
Record the data in a google drive document.

Gentle Reminder

Please post your group assignment by the deadline.

It constitutes the 10% of overall marks.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Topic Write-up



                                                Food Wastage



           Most of us eat the three meals of the day: breakfast,lunch and dinner.Although some of us  do not have the time to eat a hearty breakfast, we make up for it by eating more for lunch or dinner.This might result in food wastage.A common problem some of us fail to notice. We live too comfortably to notice that the food we waste at some meals amount to a ton in a year. 88% of the adults in Singapore care about food wastage but only 27% leave behind a clean plate after their meals.The other 72% will feel guilty about wasting the food.

Sources:

COE at high prices

Many Singaporeans would wish to own a car as it provides easier access for transport instead of looking for the nearest bus stop or train station. But given the high price of the COE(certificate of entitlement) , is it still possible?
Recently, the prices of COE is about $70k, that's almost the price of the car itself. If you include the COE, it's like paying the price for 2 cars.
Compared to in 2007 when the prices were ranging between $14k to $18k. 
Judging from a person who earns $10k a month and save $9k of it for the car, it would take that person around 15-16 months to save that sum. But given the taxes and spendings of an average person, $1 000 is not enough.

Task 1 & 2 by Thomas


Big idea: Behaviour
Rising dengue rises
The case of dengue is rising, with a total of up to 12300 this year. This year has been the year with the highest recorded number of dengue cases, and with four deaths already. This epidemic has become so serious even though it can be prevented. If all of us do our part to clear all stagnant water around our house, dengue mosquitoes cannot breed and it would eventually die off. Unfortunately there are some people that are not doing their part in clearing all stagnant water and allows dengue mosquitoes to breed there, endangering the lives of innocent people. 
E.Q.:
How can we  stop this dengue epidemic?
What are ways that we can do prevent dengue mosquitoes from breeding?
Were are the potential dengue hotspots in Singapore?
Sources: http://www.dengue.gov.sg/subject.asp?id=73

Monday, 8 July 2013

Task 2:Potluri Sai

Big Idea:Relationships

The relationships formed within our friends in school are part of our daily life.We need to ensure that this may not be broken,as we spend most of our time in school with them,and them only,as a close acquaintance we can trust.Spending more than half a day with anyone you cannot trust is not possible,well at least for me it isn't.Part of friendly relationships include forgiveness.Without forgiving and forgetting our mistakes,relationships can not be maintained.And without a relationship supporting you by your shoulder,you would not have anyone to talk to,yet empathise.

Thank You.

Task1:Potluri Sai

Big Idea:Relationships

EQs

1.Are relationships in our school acceptable?
2.Do students seem to bond well with others?
3.Are any type of obstacles in the way of the relationships found?
4.Are people willingly staying away from bonding with others?
5.How can we improve the relationships found thus far?
6.Will the relationships found last long?
7.Are these relationships for a good or a bad purpose?
8.How do we mend the relationships broken?

Thank You.