Creating Effective Groups: The Art of Small Group by Randy Fujishin

By Randy Fujishin

Growing potent teams, 3rd variation provides scholars the elemental wisdom and talents essential to converse extra successfully and have interaction extra productively within the small team environment. This re-creation positive factors all new sections on range, workforce dynamics, on-line assets, and social media.

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If a speaker says, “Everyone thinks the Forty-Niners are the best team,” the listener might be less likely to disagree, because the speaker uses the word everyone as the source of the message. At a subconscious level, it might be difficult to confront or argue with “everyone” rather than with an individual. A third advantage to I-statements is that they let you know when people are speaking for others. For To know oneself, one instance, the statement “My wife likes to go campmust assert oneself.

The placater is the peacemaker who tries to avoid or diffuse conflict at all costs by complying with the wishes of others. And the distractor is the one who attempts to get the focus off the conflict issue, using humor or irrelevant communication to accomplish the task. This is a simplified explanation of Satir’s communication roles, but it presents a valuable means for examining communication patterns. I’ve constructed a modified version of Satir’s model for groups: the controller, blamer, pleaser, distractor, and ghost.

Yet, it is equally important for you to be willing to stand back and re-examine those same perceptions you hold about yourself, especially those perceptions regarding your communication abilities. It’s good every once in a while to have a reality check of sorts. This is a process we often overlook or are reluctant to engage in—to critically think about our self-concept. And this is a process we will conclude this chapter on—critically thinking about yourself as a small group communicator. Here is a three-step process that can help you more honestly and critically think about your self-concept as a communicator within a small group.

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