4th February 2023
  • 9:11 pm Through the Eyes of Ides Ofune – Women Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Motherhood and Higher Education
  • 11:32 am Meet the 2022 shortlisted authors for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing.
  • 5:13 am 6 African startups among World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers 2022 cohort
  • 1:01 pm Canadian Based NGO GoldenKes Foundation holds First Empowerment Program in Nigeria 
  • 5:38 am Meet the 6 Africans shortlisted for 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
  • 7:49 am Facebook invests in fibre optic cables to improve internet access in Edo State

When working in a group, some people struggle on how to bond with others or how the group dynamics should be. Being able to work in a group is becoming more crucial as companies become global, multicultural and diverse. Whether you belong to group at school, in a family or at work, these tips will be helpful in working successfully in a team:

Meet people properly: It all starts with the introduction. Exchange contact information and ensure to keep in touch not only when you meet but after meetings. You also need to learn how to pronounce everyone’s names properly. Usually, learning how to pronounce names brings up small talks and conversations that melt the ice between strangers.

Find things you have in common: You can almost always find something in common with another person, and from there, it becomes much easier to address issues where you have differences. Sports cut across boundaries of race and wealth. Weather is also common to everyone. As time goes on, you will find things in common with team members.

Let everyone talk: Don’t finish someone’s sentences. Let someone finish talking before you interrupt even if you think you already know the point the person is making. And talking louder or faster doesn’t make your idea any better.

Praise each other: Find something nice to say, even if it’s a stretch. The worst ideas can have silver linings if you look hard enough. No matter how stupid you think the suggestion might be, look for something positive about it. You will always find.

Check egos at the door: When you discuss ideas, label them and write them down. The label should be descriptive of the idea not the originator. As part of the team, value everyone and don’t consider yourself better than others.

These tips have been culled from the book, The Last Lecture, lessons in living by 

Ides Ofune

Ides Ofune is currently a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on civil society and accountability in improving the quality of education. She is the founder of Desert Bloom Initiative and editor of Desert Bloom Advisory. Ides is very passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. She speaks French and English fluently. She can be reached at info@desertbloomadvisory.com