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Effective Member 1 Becoming a More Effective Member Jennifer Baxter Group Behavior in Organizations MGT 415 Dr Jessica Mguire June 29, 2009
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Effective Member 2 Thurston County District Six Firefighter’s Association was formed conducive to providing a social organization for all firefighters and their families, as well as to promote community activities and support of the fire department through their involvement. In pursuance of such goals, members have joined the organization, lead by three Board of Directors, for the sake of seeking such support. “The joining of these individuals to achieve these common goals can be considered a group,” as defined by Johnson & Johnson (2009, pg 5). Based on the dynamics of the group and the effective communication behaviors among the members of the group, in conjunction with strong leadership styles, the group is better able to achieve common goals, which in turn creates a more effective group in which to be a member. Individuals with the fire department are encouraged to become members of this organization and to create social relationships among one another which allows the individuals to interact and influence each other in relation to the goals set by the association’s Board of Directors. This group orientation fosters the necessary actions essential to the group remaining effective in its efforts. The basic elements of the group must be in tact in order for tasks to be accomplished and goals to be met. The most basic elements of this process are the roles and norms established that dictate the structure of the group and determine the direction in which members take when assigned tasks. Johnson & Johnson concede that, “roles define the formal structure of the group and differentiate one position from another” (2009, pg 15). In other words, a Board of Directors is appointed with the roles of President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer being the lead roles which guide the association’s membership; the remaining members serve as the body of the organization. Johnson and Johnson state that,
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Effective Member 3 “these roles ensure that the task behaviors of group members are interrelated appropriately so that the group’s goals are achieved” (pg 15). It is, therefore, the designation of the maintenance and task roles that dictate the structure of the group and the standards that are expected of its members. These roles also encourage individual accomplishment of projects, as well as maintain the harmony among the members if, and when, disputes arise. With all the member’s contributions, these roles allow the group to function effectively which, in turn, reaps high levels of productivity within the group. The Board of Directors set the standards by which the group abides, and thoughtfully
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