Theories Of Group Dynamics And Teambuilding

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An article titled Group Dynamics and Teambuilding discussed the theories of group dynamics and teambuilding from the Western European culture perspective. The article addressed understanding and amending the efficacy of a group and how group dynamics and teambuilding can increase the likelihood of accomplishments. Group dynamics was defined as the interaction between people who are talking together in a group setting (Nazzaro & Strazzabosco, 2003, p. 1). Three or more people interacting together is considered group dynamics (Nazzaro & Strazzabosco, 2003, p. 2). Certain behavioral patterns exist within group dynamics. The article denotes that at least one person will take the lead in offering perceptions and opinions. One person is quiet and …show more content…
The person that emerges as the group leader may not have the skills to manage group dynamics. A misconception is that one person is responsible in making sure that the group is effective but not the responsibility of the group. A person who is chosen to hold certain obligations in the group should not be expected to do everything within the group. The article continued to offer suggestions on how to make group dynamics effective, which included the group spending time getting acquainted and building relationships. This will help the group or team members become familiar with each other, making the group more effective. Group members who are strangers will less likely contribute until they become familiar and comfortable with each other. Group members that are familiar with each other and have worked with each other, are acquainted with each other’s communication style. Familiarity would result in a smooth transition of group communication. Newcomers can sense exclusion or considered the outlier of the group. It is important that newcomers are included in the group as much as possible. Icebreaker activities are used to help the group get acquainted before a …show more content…
This makes the group more effective. Behavioral expectations need to be established, updated and agreed upon. Expectations removes any surprises that may happen and could result in inappropriate reactions. People react to expectations that have not been discussed or met beforehand, so it is important to make sure that expectations are discussed at the beginning of the group process. Interactions for group dynamics are strong when a group is trying to accomplish something versus a group who are together for social reasons. The article suggested exercises to bring out different styles and skills to make the group cohesive and effective. Communication is one of the most important things in a group that needs to be expressed. Members of the group have to communicate their wishes, observations, and feelings about the group (Nazzaro & Strazzabosco, 2003, p. 4). After each task has been identified a summary of the task should be communicated to avoid confusion. Everyone in the group is expected to contribute to the group’s goal, recognize the vision of others, recognize when other members need additional information or assistance, negotiate a solution that everyone finds acceptable and stay focused on the goal (Nazzaro & Strazzabosco,

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