This report will examine how group is being structured, on communication barriers among group members and the use of technology tools to conduct group assignment. The information of this report is based on firsthand experience and theories being applied to support the arguments.
The forming, storming, norming, performing model of team development was first introduced by Bruce Tuckman in 1965. He argued that these phases are all necessary and inevitable for the team growth, overcoming challenges and tackling problems, finding solutions, planning work and delivering results. Tuckman later added a fifth phase, adjourning, which is referred to by some as the mourning stage, which involves completing the task and breaking up the team. (Wikipedia, 2005) All teams, whether social, academic, or professional go through these five phases during team development (more permanent teams may not immediately face the adjourning phase) either consciously or subconsciously and the cycles are repeated throughout the life of the team.
I found there one many things you should learn or know about communicating in a group. As a one group of member, you should know your right and your duties. Such as, you should respect you them and make the decision together. If you do not treat your group well, you make a problem and you will not finish your work. The group should work as one and be honest that makes the work done. In October, 2015, I took a class on communicating in group with M.S. Young and I did a group project with my group, so for that reason I am a credible source for this paper.
At the beginning of this assignment, we were told to break up into groups of four or five. These groups would go on to be our collaboration groups for this assignment and the rest of the semester. When we first got into these groups, I wasn’t sure how much my group could help me improve as a writer. Now, I would say I couldn’t be more wrong. My collaboration group worked very well together and helped each other develop our essays far beyond the level of quality they could be without the collaboration. For example, my collaboration group pointed out several errors such as missing citations and grammar errors that I either completely missed or forgot to
The articles this week provided a sampling of the research that Dr. Marshall Scott Poole is contributing to the field of communication studies at this time. Although there were four articles for this week, I found “Group Communication Methodology” particularly intriguing this week as I lectured on group communication about two weeks ago. My students understood the basics of forming a group and the purpose behind groups in places like work and school, but many questioned how to determine if a group is successful and if that involved looking at the group as a whole or as individuals. For example, they questioned if a group was successful because of the leadership or of the follower. All of these questions lead me to the practical application of Poole’s article in the classroom. I firmly believe that Dr. Marshall Scott Poole, Dr. Joann Keyton, and Dr. Lawrence R. Frey’s article, “Group Communication Methodology” would have enhanced the learning experience in my undergraduate class and believe that my students would have gained valuable insight into applicable reasons for learning about groups.
Throughout my whole experience with communicating in groups, many factors such as sharing similar goals influenced the level of my group’s cohesiveness. Together as a group, we were able to share power and set attainable goals in order to successfully complete the project. Well thought out and competent work was produced as a result of each member fulfilling their own individual role.
After completing the group task of preparing a presentation on, transferring individual facilitation skills into a group work setting I will critically reflect upon my own participation. I will evaluate my self-awareness while working in the group, as well as those around me. The way that I personally dealt with any issues that arose within the group and how that affected the group dynamics. I will also briefly discuss the roles in which each member of the group took and how role allocation affected, the group dynamics and the working relationships. Finally I will evaluate my work having discussed it with my fellow group members.
Working in groups can be a very positive or very negative experience. How a group functions together determines how positive or negative that experience becomes. All go through four stages of development, forming, norming, storming, and performing.. Unfortunately for our group, many of the members experienced some of these stages together and other missed out on that opportunity of original growth. Kirst-Ashman and Hull describe these stages as a pattern of development. This allows the group members to see how they are working together but also allows observers to see what stage the group is stuck on. I had hoped for my group to develop past the first stage of development quickly, however as a whole we couldn’t seem to get over this limbo of being a forming or norming group. Our group was not the best functioning, but working together taught me the important pieces of being a group member as well as working within a group.
It could be argued that in order to be successful, modern organisations must actively develop strong and cohesive work groups. Why? Is it true that there is no room for the individualist in today’s organisation?
When working on a group project, there are certain skills that are required to make sure that the tasks are being carried out smoothly. With that in mind, it is critical to keep an open line of communication as well as an understanding of the other individuals in the group. The following scenario is of a group project I was a part of that had a breakdown in the two points expressed above.
When engaging in others in a team, communication is a double sided coin. On one side of the coin working with others in a group can be engaging, fun, exciting, and a little easier when it comes to the work load individually. Then when you turn the coin over it can be the complete opposite. Dealing with others in a group/ could be a nightmare, nightmarish in the way of, team members not doing the individually assessments, not communicating having negative attitudes, competitiveness, just being a slacker overall. Unfortunately these are the risks we take when joining a team for group projects. This essay will be discussing my personal group journey, behaviors, problems, influences, leadership, problem solving, effectiveness as group, and the overall team communications to accomplish the goal at hand.
My experience with working with a group is that the longer you work together, it feels like the people I work with becomes a family. Sometimes we argue; sometimes we pick each other up when things are tough, but we also work together when things need to be accomplished. Getting a new job is always an adventure; normally, I walk through the door on the first day with fresh eyes and a fresh mind. That is exactly how I entered my first day at CVS Pharmacy (later to be known as CVS Health). Because this was my first retail job, it already seemed better than my experiences with the food and beverage industry. For about four years, I had been in and out of the restaurant business and believed that there had to be something a little more relaxed. Obviously, what I was doing was not my calling, which is why I applied to CVS. It had opportunity for advancement and a relaxed atmosphere. A friends’ wife that works for this particular CVS and helped me get my foot in the door. Walking through the double automatic doors, I could see the cashier, who I would later know as Alyssa, smiling at a customer. My “new” manager approached me with a genuine smile. Just the positive atmosphere and environment set the tone of how it would be working here.
As individuals we make our own choices, decided on what we agree and disagree on, learn from our mistakes, and learn to evaluate a situation when we are wrong. However, in a group the same approach can be taken but it doesn't necessarily mean it will work. Teams are made up of a large group of individuals who each have their own opinion and whose opinions others might not see. Instead of making your own choice, a group choice has to be made where compromises must be formed and unfortunately not everyone will agree with the decision at times. This Organizational Psychology course really tested individuals “teamwork skills” in the most challenging of way, that being to depend on the cooperation of the members in your group because a major part of your grade depended on your groups’ success. On the day groups were assigned the first thing that popped into mind was “Great now I have to do all the work” and that was followed by “please don't let there be any social loafers in my group”. Once a group is assigned its permanent members the real evaluation begins.
Realizing that a group can become a high performance team is important. Accomplishing this goal is invaluable, advantageous and profitable. Once able to operate from a group to the high performing team is a great step into preparation into the big business world. Leaders and members must also realize not only how to accomplish this but that some problems will and can arise from different demographic characteristics and cultural diversity. That is if one is in such a group, which the probability would be quite high.