9.3 Developing a strategy
In developing a strategy for improving your skills in working with others you are aiming to:
identify the opportunities you can use to develop and practise your skills in working with others, and the goals you hope to achieve;
identify the resources you might use for developing your skills, including people who might be able to help you as well as libraries, books, databases, the Internet or online support;
establish a plan for working with others that has been negotiated with the team members, and has identified the expertise needed for the work. You will need to set any deadlines and negotiate the working arrangements to complete the task.
In this stage you are laying down the foundations for your work over the next 3–4 months. Planning takes time and thought, so don't rush it. Make sure you allow yourself enough time – perhaps over a period of a week or two – to think about your strategy for improvement. Use the ‘Improving own learning and performance’ key skill to identify your strengths and weaknesses in working with others, and what you hope to achieve as you work on this skill.
The notes that follow guide you through the process of developing a strategy to improve your skills in working with others. Use the Time outs to help you plan, implement and evaluate your strategy. Finally, at the end of the stage, you should use the records in your Skills File to complete the activity ‘Developing a strategy for using skills in working with others’ and pull together this first stage in your working with others skills development.