Case Study: Building a Coalition Essay

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Case Study: Building a Coalition
Dr. Anne Hallcom

Case Study: Building a Coalition for Woodson Foundation
The Woodson Foundation, a large nonprofit social service agency, is teaming up with the public school system in Washington, D.C, to improve student outcomes. It appears the schools have problems with truancy, low student performance and crime. The teachers are discouraged to help students due to the disrespect and behavioral issues in the classroom. The turnover rate for the best teachers is high, they tend to leave and go to schools that aren’t as troubled (629).
Part 1: Group Development
The organization has five stages of group development. In the forming stage they have identified that there is a
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Woodson is concerned with getting the job done but at a low cost. The school representatives are afraid under Woodson’s authority he won’t drive consistency with the current board policies and lose control (629).NCPIE feels hat parental control drives success (630). They all have different views and one common goal. In order to achieve their goal they have to work together. Each concern/view should be taken into consideration. They should all decide on a way to compromise in order to finish successfully. They should have recognized the diversity amongst the team. In the reading it states diversity creates conflict, especially in the early stages of groups tenure, which causes some to quit (288).

Part III: Retrospective Evaluation
One solution to the problem would be encouraging reflexivity. This means when there are two ideas or a difference in opinions they reflect on and adjust their master plan when necessary. An effective team consists of people with different ideas and point of views. A team has to have a good plan, but it also has to be willing and able to adapt when conditions call for it (321). In this case the main conflict is adapting or accepting the differences in opinions. Evidence suggests that teams in reflexivity are better able to adapt to conflicting plans and goals among team members (321).
* Eliminates most conflicts * Encourages cohesiveness * Shows a team flexibility

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