The Importance Of Group Meeting

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The purpose of this letter is to communicate how our group meetings went throughout the semester, process gains and losses, and effective and ineffective performance, communication, and management. Our team completed the first three group projects using an efficient process. With each meeting, we had a clear understanding of what needed to be done and what was expected of each member. Through our team’s work process, we were able to work efficiently and achieve our team goals. Throughout each project, meetings were emphasized and communication was vital. This process was designed to help organize, share workloads, create team chemistry, and to meet each other 's standards and project deadlines.
At the beginning of each project, we came up
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For example, before the first meeting of Project 2, each team member individually read through the entire project prompt and brainstormed ideas to share during the meeting. The gain realized from this process was the time used to incorporate our ideas into the project instead of attempting to brainstorm as a group. Our largest process loss was groupthink, which, according to Chuck Williams in MGMT8: Principles of Management, “occurs in highly cohesive groups when group members feel intense pressure to agree with each other so that the group can approve a proposed solution” (Williams, 2016, p. 103). In other words, groupthink is a phenomenon where team members do not want to disagree with each other because they do not want to disrupt how well the group works together. This was our group’s largest process loss, as we all get along very well and often do not want to contradict one another for fear of disrupting our chemistry or setting progress back. Groupthink occurred in our team during the first project. After we had established norms and started working together and brainstorming ideas as a group, we decided very quickly on one of the first options given. Looking back, there were other beneficial ideas that could have been discussed, but at the time we felt we were getting along well and wanted to get the project done, so no one interjected. Our group could have overcome groupthink by implementing a devil’s advocate. According to Richard Cosier and Charles Schwenk in Agreement and Thinking Alike: Ingredients for Poor Decisions, “the devil’s advocate is assigned to identify potential pitfalls and problems with a proposed course of action” (Cosier, Schwenk, 1990, p. 72). In other words, a devil’s advocate consistently questions and critiques each proposed solution to find possible issues. A devil’s advocate would have allowed our team to create a stronger business decision by hearing

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