Group Dynamics: How do the interactions of individuals at work or those who learn together impact goals, communication, and team development? (AOE 1. Performance Improvement; Sub-section 1.10. Group Dynamics Process)
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- Explain group dynamics
- Explain why understanding group dynamics is important in improving performance
- Explain groupthink
- List strategies to ensure full group participation in team decisions
- List behavioral styles of individuals
- Describe the Tuckman model
- List the five stages in the Tuckman model
- List the five stages in Cog’s Ladder
Personal identity issues: Will I belong? Will I be listened to? Will I have a chance to contribute?
- Establish clear communication methods and styles
- Establish agreement and maintain focus on the objectives, goals, and mission of the team and project with clear defined relationships
- Assist team members with relationship building - introductions, social meetings, etc.
- Ensure that team members remain connected to daily work
- Become familiar with any cultural differences, and address these differences with individuals and with the team
- Establish a code of conduct - communication style, conflict management, roles in the group, consequences of conduct, norms, meeting expectations, etc.
Conditions that allow for groupthink: isolation of the group, high group cohesion, directive leadership, lack of norms related to methodical decision-making procedures, homogeneity of members, and high stress from external threats.
Ways to avoid groupthink:
- Assign a member of the group the role of devil’s advocate to argue against the consensus view
- Create avenues for anonymous feedback e.g. suggestion forms/boxes
- Provide mechanisms in which any member of the group is free to appeal to someone outside the group
- Ensure the group uses methodological decision-making processes
Social Psychology Dynamics: behavioral styles categorize personality differences, information-processing styles, and social interaction differences. One common way to identify behavioral style model is the DiSC Personality Profile (Marston, 1928) refers to the four basic behavioral styles:
- Dominance (direct and decisive)
- Influence (optimistic and outgoing)
- Steadiness (sincere and cooperative)
- Conscientious (concerned and correct)
Cogg’s Ladder: Model of Team Development
- The Polite Stage
- The “Why Are We Here?” Stage
- The Power Phase; Bid For Power
- The Cooperation Phase; Performance Progress
- The Esprit de Corps Phase; Synergy
What sort of models do you use for team development? Are there assessments that you prefer for assessing individual and group dynamics? Let me know!
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