Reflection: Time Zone and uniquely Different Pasts Essay

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There was much to learn from the experiences of last week. Many of the members of Team A encountered different obstacles and overcame different difficulties. That, combined with our uniquely different pasts and skill sets has given us each the opportunity to learn separate lessons from the same experiences of the last week in this course. We each have decided to demonstrate what we have learned from the previous week. John has learned in the last week that he can never underestimate the value of emotion and tone. Even in electronic communication, perception is everything. He will always need to be careful, proofread, and double-check the way his messages might be perceived when they are read by another. Not only has his knowledge increased in awareness of how his messages might be decoded, and interpreted; but also in how strongly he is convinced that setting good expectations in the beginning of any group project will help everyone be on the same page at later dates. This information will help him at his job. In his position as team lead and trainer, he often encounters opportunities to sharpen these skills and remember these lessons.
As with John, Ben learned never to take the spoken word for granted. Communication being key to the success of any project or team environment, it becomes even more challenging when faced with communicating electronically over different time zones. Unlike a classroom environment where questions and answers are handled immediately, when working on-line some team members can be in a different time zone delaying responses to your questions. The other challenge with electronic communication is that you lose the opportunity to read body language during discussions and making it more challenging when debating an issue or discussing your point of view.
Lucy has used her personal experience in the class, as well. We all have differences in how we perceive what has been said or written. “Because each person is different in terms of experiences, knowledge, and physiological states, everyone interprets reality differently” (Cheesebro, O'Connor, & Rios, 2010, p.31). Similar to what Ed had mentioned about time zones, each team will also encounter communication barriers such as gaps. “Gaps represent another barrier to effective communication because people are different. A variety of differences such as gender, sex, age, race, ethnicity, and status” (Cheesebro, O'Connor, & Rios, 2010, p.19). Lucy has walked away from week one with the knowledge that she has to put her foot down at certain times and not let people or situations run her dry. The team requirements will assist in setting boundaries