Tempted by legions

He that is busy is tempted by but one devil; he that is idle, by a legion. Thomas Fuller

My Bachelors program is going pretty well. However I must confess the program itself is a tad frustrating.

You see in every class we are assigned to perform work and assignments in teams. You have individual work on top of this.

The individual work I have no problem with.  The team work I have had has not been…inspiring.

My first team went ok. We had one individual who participated about half the time. of our four team assignments she did two of them and basically did nothing the last two. She apparently passed because she is in my current class. I have no clue how.

My current team has been a nightmare.

I went through in advance and posted a topic for every assignment we had coming up through out the course. that way the team could discuss them as a group and get to work early.

That failed miserably.

For example out final project is due Saturday. The post has been open since the middle of February.

I have been the only person posting in that forum. I even went so far to post a note that said “Uhm, hello?”

Now thats not to say the team does not work. For the last 3 weeks I developed a simple method.

I call it the “Screw-you-people-I-aint-gonna-fail” method of leadership.

Every Wednesday I effectively say screw it, and assign everyone a topic, how many pages they have to write, what I expect, and when it needs to be turned in to me.

This method has worked very well.

Save for one individual.

Whom has not turned in a single group assignment since we started.

What makes it bad is, the individual will send me text messages saying they are working on it.

They will continue to post in the forum, and to send me text messages 2 days after the assignment was due that they are working on it.

This week is our finals week.

All week I have waited for the group to participate. Once again I used my screwit methodology and executed a note with assignments.

This time however I placed a side note.

I need everyone’s parts by no later than 08:00 Saturday Central Time.
On that note, twice now I have done someone else’s work, so the team would not suffer.

If your work is not turned in with the rest of the teams your name will not be included on the final project paper!

Vicious? Probably.

Tactful? Probably not.

Do I care? Not really.

However, if I see the individual in another class I have decided 2 things.

  1. My MBA will be pursued elsewhere. and
  2. I will refuse to work in a team with the individual in question.

So much for higher learning being the path of adults, heh.

Each time she fails to complete her assignment, I end up doing the work for her. Not because I want her to pass. But because I do not want the rest of the team to fail because of her laziness. So in effect I am doing my school work and half of hers.

Help me out here.

If your paying for this, why in the hell would you sluff your work? I mean seriously? Am I the only one who doesn’t have 20 grand a year to blow just to hang out in a online education system and not get my education?

My goal is at least within sight.So that helps.

One more year and I can transfer back to where it all started.

2 Responses to “Tempted by legions”

  • I feel your pain. Honestly. I also had to work in ‘teams’ and it is very much pot luck who you get. Most people are fine. But then there the others. Like the manic control freak , the drug inspired 3 word contributor, the girl who didn’t exist, the sociopath, and so on.

    Erm good luck. And no clicking your shoes and screaming there’s no place like home just doesn’t work.

  • Thanks man,
    What makes it so bad is, i was volun-told that I would be the Team Leader by the instructor. So not only did I not want the job thanks to my prior experience, but more or less what I was afraid would happen…happened. Heh. Go figure.

    I wore out my heels trying that. Yeah. It didn’t work. i have found that invasively violent video games do seem to help however ;)

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