Where is your learning going? How will you apply skills, qualities you’ve developed outside of IFP?
Time management was a skill I did not expect to find useful in IFP as there are not a lot of deadlines to be made. During the joint training at Dover, I was the timekeeper and ensured that we spent our hours effectively and not slack off during the planning session.
What have you learned about collaboration? Have you learned to be more effective when working with others? What’s your biggest obstacle when asked to contribute to a team?
The session that resonates to this question the most is the Personality Types. I found this session particularly interesting as the content felt like it came naturally to me. The information was simple and easily digested but could be applied to many different real-life context. The breakdown of each personality type had made me better understand my way of thinking and other people around me. In some ways, it made it easier to collaborate as my peers fell in one of two categories and there were some applicable generalisations. On the one hand, working people with similar views and personality to me felt easier as we understood each other and work towards the same direction. But in some cases, like when all the Judgers were put together, we clashed. Individually we area all organised and prepared, enjoy sticking to plans, but when put together, there is some sort of unspoken need to be the “most correct”. There were times where I had to compromise when necessary which I think is a good skill to have especially when working in groups as large as IFP. From that session, we felt that a blend of all personalities will start great discussions and offer a plethora of skills, personalities, and assets.
In what ways have you been a mentor to others this year? Where and when have you shown initiative?
My mentorship is most apparent in the second Joint Training at Dover. During our activities session, I had the opportunity to mentor others and shared my knowledge on the matter of Mekong Delta. One of our activities was to create an iceberg diagram for the issue. When I saw groups struggling to come up with new ideas, I took initiative to go around and give hints and suggestions. In a way, I am mentoring them and guiding them towards a better understanding of the issue.
Which session has done the most to address your areas for improvement as a peace builder? How did that session encourage growth?
During active listening practice, although I was the leader of the conversation, I had the opportunity to guide and give feedback to my partner. We all sometimes find ourself guilty in conversations, when we are not truly putting our 100% focus on the speaker but rather what question to ask next. Previously, I have claimed to be a good listener but after the session, it made me realise that there is so much room for improvement. To be a peace builder, listening is an important aspect, especially for effective collaboration and communication. The point that struck me the most was to not equate our situation to others. In the overseas conference, for example, we would have little idea of what the delegates have been through, they may have faced brutality, trauma, experiences that we could never fully understand. To simply compare ourselves to them may come off as insensitive and that was my biggest takeaway.
What have you learned about leadership & what qualities and skills have you developed in IFP to help do this?
I have touched on some of these headings in this post as a reflection of the Social Media session.
What has your engagement in IFP looked like your peers? What makes you say so?
This is the post for the first joint session that relates to this question.