CMST 100 Week 7 Large Lecture
CMST 100 Week 7 Large Lecture CMST 100
Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Date Created: 10/09/16
Advocating Effectively in Small Groups Benefits and downfalls o Benefits include getting help if needed when you don’t have experience with something o Downfalls include teaching others if you are the one that has the experience Consider Function of Group 7 functions of a group o Complete tasks o Learn o Compete o Evaluate and Advise o Provide support o Create art & ideas o Social networking promotion Being on the same page with the function of the group with all members is key It doesn’t matter what the groups function is as long as being on the same page occurs Not being on the same page will cause problems Consider Your Role Formal and Informal o Formal includes Leader and Note-taker o Informal includes Humorist, Mediator, Nurturer, and Administrator Humorist – jokester; can be a distraction to the group Mediator – person who can ease tension in the group Nurturer – like a stereotypical mom role Administrator – crucial for the group; keeps everyone on task Consider Cohesion Task cohesion = everyone being on the same page Social/Attraction based cohesion = being less productive and potentially dangerous due to group think o Group Think – illusion of invulnerability; members don’t question or disagree with others for fear of upsetting them Understanding Group Process Forming: who will lead, create goals Storming: conflicts about who gets what role o This is normal Norming: development of norms for expected behavior Performing: skills and knowledge are used toward goals Adjourning: disbandment and reflection o This doesn’t always happen. When it doesn’t reforming occurs and the process starts back at the beginning The Standard Agenda: 1. Define the task and analyze the problem 2. Generate solutions 3. Analyze pros and cons of solutions 4. Choose the best solution 5. Implement it Debate teams use this a lot Most groups think they follow this, but few actually do Consider Challenges Social loafers – slackers Blocker – criticizes all ideas but their own Avoider – the one constantly changing the subject Recognition seeker – the one who boasts about their qualifications Distractor – distracts the group Status Differences o Physical attractiveness, gender (male), and access to information gives more status in a group Culture Differences o Individualistic = share opinions more comfortably o Collectivistic = not comfortable sharing opinions Social ostracism o Exclude members (women do more work, men do less when excluded) Conflict o Substantive – conflict over task Constructive Group Environment Have clear goals Make sure everyone knows their responsibilities Celebrate group member success Encourage unity Respect others
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