Look around, if you don’t see any underperforming member in your group, then you are probably the one.

Now that we have got that out of the way, let’s get on to the main topic.

Having spent 3 years in Singapore Polytechnic and another 3 years since entering NTU, I have had my share of underperforming group members. I remember clearly the times that I had to work late into the night while they were out clubbing, gaming or enjoying themselves.

Yet I do not begrudge them, because their inability to focus forced me to take up double, sometimes triple the workload. Times like this allowed me to understand the depths of untapped reserve a person has, the lower limit of sleep necessary and how passion can be more invigorating than redbull.

In an ideal world, we would be working with people of similar commitments, and work produced would reflect accurately the result of your hard work. I am aware most of my university mates prefer to stick to their “dream team”, but doesn’t this defeat the purpose of an education?

Like anyone, I love the satisfaction of getting an A for an assignment, but where’s the challenge when all the group members are cooperative? It may be a little more troublesome at the beginning, but being able to influence someone positively is a thousand times more fulfilling than just completing any assignment.

There are some friends who recommend ignoring a freeloader even if they are in the group. Indeed it is easier. I honestly think having 4 functional group members is better than having 5 members with one being dysfunctional. Again, it is the easier solution, but is it the right solution?

Because, face it, when you enter the workforce, not all colleagues, suppliers, vendors, subordinates or managers are going to be part of your dream team. There will be those that just want to watch the world burn.

The skills learnt during university dealing with bad teammates will stand anyone in good stead in such situations.

Rather than simply absorbing knowledge from school, the life skills learnt through such scenarios are much more valuable. So step out of your bubble, refuse to work with others like yourself and try to work with people just a little different.

You will walk away standing taller.

Warning: such practices may result in lowering of GPA, but seriously, screw GPA. I take real learning over GPA any day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hafbmk Hairul Aidil Fadzlee

    Fuck yes, well I gotta say being in RP, it was literally hell with all the constant backstabbing and politicking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hafbmk Hairul Aidil Fadzlee

    Fuck yes, well I gotta say being in RP, it was literally hell with all the constant backstabbing and politicking.