‘How we use teamwork to manage two boards at the SI NFGL Lund’

‘How we use teamwork to manage two boards at the SI NFGL Lund’
Photo: SI NFGL Lund Members
Jean Linhares, the chairperson of the SI NFGL Lund Sustainability board, explains how his board and the SI NFGL Lund Sustainability Board collaborate through their teamwork process.
We all know that teamwork and collaboration are the key ingredients to create a successful team. However, for the SI NFGL Lund Local Network, the notion of teamwork has become a key feature in our work routine, leading to many benefits and shared learning experiences. And so, we would like to share these experiences with you. 
Being one of the largest SI Local Networks, with more than one hundred scholarship holders, the SI NFGL Lund community faced a challenge in its last elections. Due to the high number of participants, together with the desire to create events that were both spaces of integration and learning, the network made the necessary choice of electing two boards, which would work together to organise and promote our events.
Photo: SI NFGL Lund Board Members
This decision was further determined by the need for a higher number of people on the board to coordinate the work, as well as a more significant budget for events for our more than one hundred scholarship holders.
With the decision made and the boards formed, our work began. The first major decision was crucial to the smooth running of our work: to build teams specialised in themes that would work in partnership. From then on, the SI NFGL Lund Sustainability Board was born, focusing on topics related to innovation, creativity, sustainable development and e-solutions. As well, the SI NFGL Lund Human Rights Board emerged, focusing on career development, leadership, management, democracy and human rights.
In the first few meetings, we established the dynamics of our upcoming work. One of the main choices we made, was concerning communication. We saw that the flow of information needed to be direct and fast, so we soon formed a group on social media, as well as an online storage drive where we would put all the material we need.
Photo: SI NFGL Lund Members
Another critical point was to decide on events that would be of interest to all scholarship holders through a forum of ideas, as well as giving the opportunity for all members of both boards to have the chance to lead one or more events. Finally, marketing strategies and resources management are shared between the two boards, with specific people responsible for those.
By leading our Local Network this way, we ensure that the communication with scholarship holders and the students of the university is standardised, and the planning of our resources facilitated.
The first term was challenging. With winter arriving, deadlines and exams, both event organisation and scholarship holders’ engagement in the events were difficult to sustain. However, due to teamwork and the active participation of all involved, we were able to carry out several activities.
2019 started in full gear! Our strategic planning was assertive, and the events began to pan out as we expected. The engagement of our members has also increased considerably, and we have already hosted a collection of events that were a success! Among the main activities carried out, we organised seminars on leadership and career prospects in Sweden, organised by the Human Rights Board, and a visit to Tetra Pak, with a focus on sustainable development, held by the Sustainability Board.
Photo: Seminar about “Finding a job in Sweden” and a Tetra Park study visit
We are still in the middle of the term, and our plans are big. But, so is the workload. Yet, we are very confident in our event planning and our team! And most importantly, none of this would be possible if it were not for our teamwork and sense collaboration! There is an old saying that “If you want to go fast, go by yourself if you want to go far, go with someone,” and maybe that's the main lesson we’ve learnt from this experience.

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