The Nature of Group
Membership and Team
Processes
ADLT 675 –Groups and Team
Facilitation
Fall 2013
Exploring the Nature of Groups
and Teams through your
Assignments
• Reflective Practice: What and Why the Blogs?
Blog Tria...
How the Course is
Organized
• Three segments
• Learning to Observe Group and Team Dynamics
(4 sessions)
• Learning to Faci...
Early Struggles in the Life of a
Group
Question: Does the individual exist for the group, or
does the group exist to suppo...
Early Struggles in the Life of a
Group
Identifying your Group Memberships
What groups are do you belong to,
and how do these shape your
identity?
Consider family...
Our Collective Group Memberships
Identify Who We Are as Individuals
To become an effective group, members
must integrate individual differences
among members
Impact of Group Maturity
on Group Member
Participation
Research on Group Process
Wilfred Bion (1961) found struggle and
conflict at both the conscious and
unconscious levels of group life.
He describe gr...
Aspects of Collective Life in a
Group
One of the outcomes of
the ambivalence that
individuals experience
upon joining a ne...
Psychological Aspects – What’s
going on in the group
Smith & Berg,Paradoxes of Group Life, 1987
A Group
Effectivenes
s Model
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  1. 1. The Nature of Group Membership and Team Processes ADLT 675 –Groups and Team Facilitation Fall 2013
  2. 2. Exploring the Nature of Groups and Teams through your Assignments • Reflective Practice: What and Why the Blogs? Blog Triads and Quads • What It Means to Become a Group Facilitator • Two team facilitation assignments • Final paper – Individual assessment of the group and team experience • Peer Assessment – Dee Fink’s contribution of team members
  3. 3. How the Course is Organized • Three segments • Learning to Observe Group and Team Dynamics (4 sessions) • Learning to Facilitate Group Dynamics (3 sessions) • Learning to Intervene in Group and Team Processes (5 sessions, in Learning Studios on the 5th floor) • Readings • Three texts: Levi, Schein, Schwarz
  4. 4. Early Struggles in the Life of a Group Question: Does the individual exist for the group, or does the group exist to support the individual? • This bi-polar position fades only when members accept themselves as an entity capable of acting on behalf of its members, AND • When the group accepts the importance of its individual members
  5. 5. Early Struggles in the Life of a Group
  6. 6. Identifying your Group Memberships What groups are do you belong to, and how do these shape your identity? Consider family groups, work groups, social or religious groups, etc.
  7. 7. Our Collective Group Memberships Identify Who We Are as Individuals
  8. 8. To become an effective group, members must integrate individual differences among members
  9. 9. Impact of Group Maturity on Group Member Participation
  10. 10. Research on Group Process
  11. 11. Wilfred Bion (1961) found struggle and conflict at both the conscious and unconscious levels of group life. He describe groups as having three basic emotional states: Dependency (leader) Fight-flightPairing
  12. 12. Aspects of Collective Life in a Group One of the outcomes of the ambivalence that individuals experience upon joining a new group is reflected in ”holding back” until the lay of the land is clear The group can be thought of as a social entity capable of acting as a whole and expressing feelings and thoughts over and beyond those of its members
  13. 13. Psychological Aspects – What’s going on in the group Smith & Berg,Paradoxes of Group Life, 1987
  14. 14. A Group Effectivenes s Model
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