We all have strengths and weaknesses. When working on a project, individually or as a group, some habits, skills and abilities help you accomplish your goals, and others require discipline to work through. In a group, open communication is key to successful collaboration and that includes being honest about your work habits–including your strengths and weaknesses.
Consider this table to help you get started thinking about your own skills and abilities. Notice how little difference there is between some strengths and weaknesses. It’s a matter of degree and discipline.
This table just gets you started. Think about how you work and work hard to be honest. For this exercise, list five strengths and five weaknesses that are most characteristic of your work habits. Remember, be honest with yourself and with your team. Honesty at the start of the project sets the precedent of open communication and heads off misunderstanding later in the project.
Once you have submitted your list here, share it with your team members. This information goes a long way to helping ensure a successful collaboration. Once you know each other’s work habits, you can set up expectations that accommodate all members to ensure that the work gets done well and on time.