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CMST 100 Week 7 Large Lecture

by: Anne Miller

CMST 100 Week 7 Large Lecture CMST 100

Anne Miller
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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These notes are from the online lecture last week
Dr. Laura Jacobi
Class Notes
Advocating, Communications Small Group, Teamwork
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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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