also participated in this social interaction but took naturally to a leader

Also participated in this social interaction but took

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also participated in this social interaction but took naturally to a leader-type role when it came time to discuss business matters. She made an effort to focus the committee's attention to the matter at hand-the gift shop-and enabled the group to transition from social- related to more task-related communication. At that point, the committee began discussing the overall idea of a gift shop and how to devise a plan to initiate such a venture. The group quickly came to a rather dramatic realization following this discussion: Nobody
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on the committee had any retail or gift shop experience. Committee members, undoubtedly discouraged by this realization, became reluctant to move forward. The meeting closed, however, with John recommending that each member research visitor center gift shops before the next gathering. Donald and Nanette initially disagreed with the proposal, saying they didn't have time to do so. Nannette asked Laura if she would be willing to do the research, and Laura quickly complied. However, Lisa pointed out that if each person did a little research, no one person would be overburdened. She persuaded the group members to take on the task as a whole. At the second meeting, each committee member arrived with an impressive arsenal of visitor center gift shop research. Again, the first 10 or 15 minutes were devoted to socializing. And again, Lisa had to work to get people back on task. At first, Donald fought with Lisa for control of the meeting. He continued joking around, calling one of the organizational members not on the committee "special Ned." When Lisa tried to get the group back on task again, Nanette responded, "Hey, not everyone can be considered gifted," and the group continued laughing. Lisa tried to remain lighthearted because she wasn't the official leader, but she was frustrated that others were wasting time. She remarked, "We won't continue to be considered gifted if we don't get this done." Donald responded, "Uh oh, teacher is mad. Are you gonna keep us after school if we don't hit the books?" At this, everyone laughed, including Lisa. Finally turning to the job at hand, the meeting entailed a thorough investigation of each
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  • Spring '14
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