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Communication and Groups

March 23, 2016 | Author: | Posted in communication strategies, communications and media

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The four stages of group development listed below can be useful for approaching group development , whether for a new or emerging group or for experienced groups . Each group or team will have specific needs which are dependent on the group ’92s history and experience . Both new and long-term groups alike will benefit from study and integration of the following stages

1st : ’93Forming ’94 2nd : ’93Storming ’94 3rd ’93Norming ’94 4th : ’93Performing ’94

In stage one , groups begin to form networking relationships and [banner_entry_middle]

trust as well as to generate individual roles within the group or team In this stage , trust among members can be initiated as well as leadership positions assigned questions of personal distinction within the group or team can be acknowledged and sorted out . This stage offers a good chance for group self-inspection and for detailing the organization ’92s specific makeup

Stage two , ’93storming ’94 often includes jockeying for power and so is a good time to

enhance team building to ensure that competition is managed so as not to damage individual team members or group relationships . In stage three ’93norming ’94 differences of opinion , background , and skills begin to be viewed in a positive light . Now communication begins to focus on constructive interactions . The fourth stage of group development ’93performing ’94 focuses on action and problem solving Cooperation , creativity , and nurturing of group potential begins

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Communication in culturally diverse groups can be problematic and effective tools exist to facilitate this communication . When there are contentions , bad feelings or trying situations two key points must be remembered concerning communication and cultural diversity : 1 ) Group members should remember that it is often challenging to communicate about cultural differences without the use of cultural stereotypes

2 ) As diversity in a team or group boosts , so does the complexity of communication and the need to improve communication skills . Because cultural diversity offers differences between team members , a wider variety of ideas , talents , skills and knowledge is available to culturally diverse groups . Teams or groups that are culturally diverse and display constructive communication will have at their disposal a wider range of talents , skills and ideas . Examples of effective communication include : communicating clearly with fairness to other group participants , listening for what is actually being said (rather than what you want to hear , inviting others to participate in group discussions , learning not to judge people due to culturally specific accents or idiosyncratic speech

In addition to the above strategies , asking questions to verify that one is listening

correctly should be encouraged , as should the use of language that promotes trust and community… [banner_entry_footer]

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