I encouraged the members to uphold teamwork and spend a substantial time in working towards the success of the group. During discussion sessions, we would acknowledge and acclaim efforts of every member who contributed towards the success of the group (Brownwynne 127). This way, the group experienced success in its operations. I have obtained numerous insights from the course readings regarding team, building and elements of group processes.
Group success starts with the gathering of its members. I organized members in pairs to recruit other potential members. Additionally, I advised members to consider the eligibility of the recruited and their ability in contribution to group success. All the recruited members proved to have similar reasoning and were of almost the same age as the current group members. This brought about harmony in the discussions. We engaged the recruits in a group activity where we gauged their suitability to be useful to the group’s success. Finally, we convinced the new members of the imminent benefits they would get from the group. These advantages included earning money, enjoying field activities, interaction with diverse people, obtain training from the group training and get knowledge useful in life from the groups. This way, we expanded our group and made it more effective in its operations. I have been working in a study group that has had successes and failures over time. Being the group leader, I have learnt of how group management is conducted to yield promising results. I succinctly outline my worthwhile experience in the group. Our group comprises of six members. I was familiar with three members from my present class. The three others were my classmates in previous classes. Therefore, we were acquainted and got along well, since, we were used to each other. They chose me as their group leader, and the others assumed different roles. However, my role as a group manager is emphasized. Explicitly, a friend who seemed to admire my expertise in the same field recruited me into the group. Additionally, my friend and I have many qualities in common. This is in terms of ideologies, level of education, academic potential, age, hobbies and experiences. He shared with me that all the other group members were equally the same in terms of qualities. Therefore, we could coincide well in its working. On joining the group later on and taking up the role as the manager, I concluded that, for groups to be successful, members with the same ideologies could work better together. They can also concentration on each member’s contribution as it serves to make them learn more. Such a group can be affluent in its activities.
Additionally, I experienced a lot in terms of the management of the group. It is apparent that affluent groups have managers who have different functions in the management and running of the group’s activities (Irvin and National Middle School Association 297). From my own experience, I noticed that the managers serve as the advisor to the group regarding the different aspects of its performance. When the members conduct a field activity, and the outcome of the excursion becomes fruitful or unfruitful, the manager critically analyzes the activity for further advisory. If the activity was successful, the manager applauds the good work of the members, but if it was unsuccessful, the group manager takes his position of the advisor and encourages them to work harder and avoid similar pitfalls in the near future.
From my experience in team working, I have found out that team building is of paramount essence in determining the group success. Team building is a gradual process that increases cohesion in the group members and thus promotes the aspect of combined working. It improves the group delivery in its endeavors (Chr, Neale, Stroh and Northcraft 160). Team building may be necessary in the following situations: the introduction of a new leader, change in the directives, policies or the rules and revision of the regulations of a group working process. This may require reassignment of responsibilities, giving of new roles and reorganization of the entire groups activities. Team building results into a success that enhances the output and delivery in the endeavors of the groups. The group, therefore, reaches to the accomplishment of its targets and goals.
Group/team building includes a combined effort by the members to develop the effectiveness of the group (Turner 108). We accomplished this in various ways. Members should develop interpersonal relationships. These relationships can be instilled on the members by involving the in collaboration activities that have super-ordinate goals. Super-ordinate goals are those that require members to combine their efforts to get favorable results. This also trains the members to appreciate the other members’ contributions, and therefore, build a good relationship that enhances them to give a substantial concentration to the success of the group activities. When members get involved in interactions, they get to revere each other more. The conceptual realization of optimal anxiety serves to encourage members to explore new things.
My experience was vast as outlined. From my working, I analyzed my strengths. I am a good administrator. I was very keen on attendance and the conduct of the group members and paid close consideration to the group activities. It all resulted to success. My other strength is being tolerant and being a good advisor as well as an arbitrator. Perturbing issues brought to my dispensation were critically analyzed and resolved. I was also very social and adept, in fact finding. However, I displayed several weaknesses too. I was impatient to unbecoming conduct of absenteeism of the group members. Being temperamental, I ended up getting too angry with members but they understood my case. I can improve on the administration by employing good managerial skills like patience and tolerance.
Peer Evaluation Form
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
0 1 2 3 4 5
Dubrin, Andrew. Essentials of Management. Mason: Cengage Learning, 2011.Print.
Turner, Susan. The Nursing Career-Planning Guide. Sudbury: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2007. Print.
Irvin, Judith and National Middle School Association. What Current Research says to the Middle Level Practitioner. Ohio: National Middle School Association, 1997. Print.
Brownwynne, Bates. Fresh Perspectives: Managing People. Cape Town:Pearson South Africa, n.d. Print.
Chr, Langlands, Neale, Margaret, Stroh, Linda and Northcraft.Organizational Behavior Management Challenge. New York: Routledge, 2002. Print.