Key skills - making a difference
Key skills - making a difference

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9.6.2 Adapt your strategy to overcome difficulties and produce the quality of outcomes required

When you begin to put everything together you may realise you need to go back and find out about things you had not initially considered or just take more time to get things set up. Going backwards and forwards through the stages like this is quite usual, and for complex work or assignments you may need to build in extra time for it.

Use the group to help you identify the reasons for any difficulties and consider the effect of any changes in circumstances, such as availability of resources.

When you are faced with difficulties, consider what changes, if any, you need to make to your strategy overall. For example, you may need to renegotiate deadlines, reassign tasks, learn new technical skills quickly. Keep a check on how you are doing as an individual group member, how the group is working together and how well the work is going. If you have not allowed for this in your scheduling for this work, remember to build in more time for it in future projects.

Time out

Keep track of any ongoing difficulties and consider how you will deal with them. Using your notes and records, are there changes you need to make to your strategy to achieve the outcomes to the required standard?

You are now in a good position to put together your work in monitoring progress. Use the following activity to guide you through the main points.

Activity: Monitoring your progress in working with others

This activity requires you to monitor progress as you manage a group activity.

  • Present a description of the activity, including group membership.

  • Provide records to show how you took a leading role in managing the activity and established and maintained co-operative working relationships.

  • Provide a commentary noting choices you made and reflections on their effectiveness, indicating an assessment of the quality of outcomes achieved and including any changes to your strategy

Refer to the figure below for an example of a completed Skills Sheet for this stage of the key skills framework.

Figure 21
Example of a completed Skills Sheet for ‘Monitoring your progress in working with others’

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