My Organization - Effective Groups Kenroy Fletcher Mgt 415...

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Effective Groups Kenroy Fletcher Mgt 415 Myla Wilson June 1, 2009 Effective Groups Whether we want to believe it or not, we live our lives in groups. You don’t have to have a job to be in a group, “small group may be defined as two or more individuals in face-to-face interaction who are aware of their positive interdependence as they strive to achieve mutual goals, aware of the their membership in the group, and aware of the others who belong to the group (Johnson & Johnson p. 8).” Some of the groups that we have around our everyday lives
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are: brother or sister, parent, church member, college student, tax payer, bike rider, pet owner, good driver gym member, and the list goes on and on. How effective a group is depends on the communication of the members, the group’s goal, cooperative efforts, group cohesion, trust, leadership, creativity, diversity, managing conflicts and decision making. These are just to name a few of what makes an effective and a successful group which I will discuss in this paper. Since I’ve been working from a very young age I want to talk about groups in an organization and the advantage it provides for the organization. Groups in an organization are extremely important and from reading my text about what makes a group to be effective or not effective it tells me the groups exist for a reason. At my current job, my department leader recently divide us into four different groups which consist of four members each because it was a lot more easier to have individual groups assigned to a certain task than to have the entire department just doing whatever they feel like without taking ownership of their mistakes. By having small groups it helps to minimize the amount of errors that we would normally make and it helps each group member to be more responsible for the job that’s assigned to them, it also help us to cooperate much better. “When group members are working cooperatively, communication tends to be more frequent, open, complete, accurate, and honest (Johnson & Johnson p. 161).” Whether I’m at work or home, group cooperation always helps to make our goal accomplishments easier. The lack of cooperation in a group can lead to misperception and misunderstandings within that group which could results in failure of reaching the groups goals. The cooperative effort to achieve group goals requires frequent, clear, and accurate communication. “Communication is the basis for all human interaction and for all group functioning. Our daily lives are filled with one communication experience after another (Johnson & Johnson p. 133).” Group members must be able to communicate and listen clearly and
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effectively. Poor communication within a group can cause major issues; my husband group is a perfect example for this one. I’ve been a part of this group for eight years now and I get to find out that most of the problems that me and my wife faces is lack of effective communication which I must confess that I struggle with often. It can be the simple fact that I don’t communicate
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course SCIENCE 207 taught by Professor Reale during the Fall '11 term at Ashford University.

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