Consolidating IFP Reflection

 

Looking back from where I first started IFP in the beginning of the year, there are quite some moments that I like to look back and reflect. Without a doubt, the joint training at Dover really stood out for me. Itโ€™s the first time that we are exposed to work with completely new people from Dover, and it really inspired me with the fact that everyone was really opened and friendly. It really does help me to improve my collaboration skills. Because in UWC east, we mostly work with people who we tend to know about them a bit already, however, when we are put to work with the students from Dover, I think it really brings me out from my comfort zone. It allowed me to share my ideas with others as well as listening to theirs as well. That also brings me to the next session: Active Listening. After that session, I think a good peace builder also needs to be a good and active listener, too. Remember the time when we are divided into group Jay and Kay, where 1 group is meant to go to the other country and helps giving advice but instead a chaotic debate occurred. This happens because we didnโ€™t really listen to the other partner to whether what exactly is the problem they have and what they need help with. We just assume that something is the problem hence come up with a solution that is not going to help them. This makes us reflect again on our local services in our school as well as our abroad conference soon. We should be a good listener first, LISTEN to their problem and ask for help and then discuss together the solution.
Now, it makes me think about the team that we are going to be in to lead the conference. This is really important in my opinion. A team needs to feel comfortable with each other enough to bring forth an idea or ideas for improvement but not to the point where one is completely ignorant of your responsibilities and tasks in the group. After the personality test, I realized that there sometimes should be a balance in the different personalities. When you have 2 very strong personalities with the same skills in the same group, it might be very hard to get things done to one unable to compromise to another. Hence, itโ€™s better to have a cooperative with different people with their own strong points to compliment each other.
The one last session that I remembered was the Social Media session, I remembered that I had so many good discussions with different people on that day, and it was very nice. To be honest, there are times that my enthusiasm has lost out a bit during the sessions, however once in a while, just to sit down with some other people who share rather similar or different opinions with you and discuss some issues really help brighten and sharpen my inspirations and enthusiasm a bit.

 

My other IFP reflection:

IFP Group Discussion- The Use of Twitter

2nd IFP Joined Session

 

Dear Mentor (IFP)

IFP: Explore your passion

 

First IFP Conference

Jah and Kay IFP simulation

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4 thoughts on “Consolidating IFP Reflection

  1. I really like how you’ve picked out highlights from each session and commented on the effects they’ve had on you, really nice and thoughtful ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Khantey,

    Interesting post. When you say “When you have 2 very strong personalities with the same skills in the same group, it might be very hard to get things done to one unable to compromise to another”, on one hand I completely agree as I had experienced something similar during the Dover conference within our group. However, in theatre, the environment that is created is just so open and supportive that we all naturally seem to come to a compromise, recognising that the art we create serves a higher purpose than ourselves. Let’s chat about this tomorrow.

    Jeethu

  3. “After that session, I think a good peace builder also needs to be a good and active listener, too.” Yes I agree, I too, have realised that active listening is an undermined skill, much harder said than done, even harder to be good at. “We just assume that something is the problem hence come up with a solution that is not going to help them” this is an interesting situation which happens much more often than we think and although it usually only causes minor issues, it can also lead to much bigger conflicts. Empathy, understanding the other side is a complicated process which requires dedication. “A team needs to feel comfortable with each other enough to bring forth an idea or ideas for improvement but not to the point where one is completely ignorant of your responsibilities and tasks in the group.” Yes, whatever the situation, it is always hard to find this balance. Wonderful reflection on your chosen areas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thanks for your post Khantey. I like how you draw out lessons from several key IFP experiences. What really struck me was how much you appreciated working with Dover at the joint training session. Sometimes its challenging crossing the island to work with a new bunch of people, but your post reminded me that it is worth the effort!

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