Balance is a pillar that we hold dearly, recognizing that it is often hard to achieve. During this time of the year we are reminded how important balance is as we spend time with friends and family.
At SOTA, SAMI and IDEA, we work to teach students that there needs to be a balance between the analytical and the creative, work and play, certainty and ambiguity.
As students learn to work in teams and accomplish various projects it is critical that they recognizing the importance of various approaches to processing and connecting information.
The analytical person might often appear quieter than others. They might seem unapproachable at times, focusing their communication on the here and now. Tending to emphasize planning and wanting their communication to be with precise language and a focus on research, data and analysis.
While the creative person tends to be very expressive, looking for feedback and collaboration. They are often seen and personable, talkative and persuasive. They are also skilled in looking at the big picture and can sometimes overlook detail as they move through projects at a quick pace.
At SOTA, SAMI and IDEA we work to build on student’s strengths rather than try to fix the perceived weakness associated with various approaches. We want students to learn how to recognize the dynamics of various styles and then learn to work and communicate effectively with all types. This enables students to play to their strengths and the strengths of team members, allowing students to complement their style with those of other students. Students then learn to build strong teams resulting in high quality collaborative projects.
As we celebrate the holidays with family and friends, let’s celebrate each other’s strengths and recognize how important balance is in each of our lives.
Co-Director and Founder, SOTA, SAMI, IDEA