|Re: Meeting strategies--check-out/Check in||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: BM.Vornbrock (bmvmapp.org)|
|Date: Fri, 3 Jun 94 17:31 CDT|
This has become a more general topic about group communication and I wanted to pass along some info and the name of a book that I've found invaluable for learning a bit about group dynamics: Bormann, E.G. & N.C. _Effective Small Group Communication, Fifth Edition_. Edina, MN: Burgess Publishing, 1992. This book has helped me understand and 'troubleshoot' group dynamics in many different ways. Although there is nothing like experience in inter- and intra- personal communication, I find it never hurts to tap the wisdom of those who have dug into the subject a bit. Also, robsan [at] microsoft.com wrote... > One of the interesting things I have observed in watching groups meet, > and also being involved in my own groups meeting is that when the > meeting focus shifts primarily to business at hand, and relationship > building is reduced or eliminated, often problems emerge in the > business meeting. > > I have been able to observe about 20 different communities doing > meetings and have seen that the most often cause of conflicts expressed > in meetings is that the person or persons initiating the conflict has > some other issue or thing to discuss which is not "business" and > therefore is not on the agenda and is being ignored. > > Although I recognize that the details and decisions in designing and > creating a housing development are an enormous task, I also would say > that if you ignore the interpersonal bonding needs of the group, it > will very likely come back and bite you when you least expect it. > The group has a collective unconcious similar to the human unconcious. This means that topics that are shared by the group surface, sometimes in twisted ways, when they aren't addressed up front or at least acknowledged and conciously set aside. I hurry to point out that some unconcious activity is not only healthy but necessary. But, by way of example, one time in a fairly new group we spent a lot of time discussing the poor state of political leadership in our state and our country. 'Round and 'round we went and then when we were done, one brave soul asked... what was that all about. As we pulled it apart, I and the person next to me discovered that we shared a disappointment in the way the group leadership was being done. When we launched into the 'safer' discussion, we tapped a vein in others and ... the rest was a 30 minute trip through social politics. Besides learning more about what we thought was effective leadership, one of us also ended up feeling safe enough and was analytical enough to tie the discussion back to our group's dynamics. Then we could focus on building better group leadership. And the dance continues....
- Re: Meeting strategies--check-out/Check in Rob Sandelin, June 3 1994
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