Group Decision Making In The Air Force

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Group decision making techniques are commonly used in units in the Air Force. Group decision making can have its advantages, but when not structured properly, it can provide for confusion or be dysfunctional. Group decision making is a method of tackling an issue or problem in the workplace, and help turn the ideas generated into action plans. On average, groups make more accurate decisions than individuals (Sims, 2002). When making complex decisions that affect areas in our unit it is easier to gather members with experience in the work center. With more members involved, there is the possibility of considering the best alternatives to the problem and reach an overall consensus to the best solution. In the Air Force there are multiple meetings …show more content…
A lot of times the information is redundant and we have already been briefed most of the information throughout the month. The meetings are time consuming and some of the interaction that takes place in frequently ineffective. There are good points and decisions that arise from the meeting and I am able to brief members in the section what is expected of our unit over the next month and in the near future. Getting the face to face time with senior management during the meetings does give you a better understanding of what they are looking for and gives you a better understanding in their leadership techniques instead of just trying to decipher another …show more content…
The brainstorming technique is used to encourage creative thinking in groups or around eight members, and is used to generate a large number of ideas while deferring the evaluation of the ideas until group members can no longer produce any new ideas (Bolland & Fletcher, 2012). The brainstorming technique enables groups to be creative and they are able to build off from constructive positive ideas. It encourages max participation of the members present, and fulfills a member’s sense of contributing to the final product (Rao, 2010). By encouraging the brainstorming technique the member in charge of the group meetings need to remain vigilant of the participants while keeping the information related to the decision being made. One member may be assigned as a mediator to ensure the group stays on topic and remains focused on the issues. These actions will keep help deter criticism of ideas presented, and keep extroverts from dominating the decision making

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