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Unformatted text preview: K arla Romero 35 M H R 318 P rof. Rosema ry Kim Februa ry 24, 2011 Case 8: The forgotten Group Member 1- How could an understanding of the stages of group development assist C h r istine in leadership situations such as this one? By having knowledge of the stages of group development, Christine would’ve understood t hat groups go by various stages: formation, storming, forming, performing, and adjourning. Each of these stages help to: identify situations of disagreement, set the expectations of the group and their consequences, integration of the group, and performing. I n this case, she would’ve known what to expect in each of the stages, leading her to take decision on t ime, instead of waiting until a week before assignment was due. 2- What should Ch ristine understand about individual membership in groups in o rder to build group processes that are supportive of her wor k group’s p erformance? Christine should understand the FIRO B-theory. According to our textbook, this theory i dentifies the differences in how people relate to another in groups. The theory suggests t hat groups whose members have compatible needs are more effective than groups whose members are incompatible. Symptoms of incompatibilities include: withdrawn of members, open hostilities, struggles over control, and domination of the group by few members. Christine can clearly identify some of these symptoms with her group. By identifying these issues, Christine becomes aware of the situation in an early stage, leading her to take decisions on t ime to support their group. 3- Is Chr istine an effective group leader in this case? Why or why not? I don’t think she was an effective group leader, because her group never reached matur ity. T hey were never in consensus, she couldn’t get the respect of M ike, and they weren’t successful with the project. In addition, she wasn’t able to make good decisions on time. ...
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