Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Collaborative Group Assessment and Teamwork Analysis

Working in teams requires cooperation and participation from each individual group member. Group members should be selected based on common values as well as shared goals. When working in a well functioning team, the problematic symptoms of group work do not interfere with the group’s objectives. Many times certain individuals in a group end up taking on the brunt of the work because other group members do not adequately share the workload. The tendency for a group member to put less effort into a project when they are working with a group rather than when they are working by themselves is known as social loafing.  One way to make sure that each group member participates is to assign different, specific roles to accomplish, but at the same time making sure that each member coordinates their work the other member of the group.  This will prevent one or two team members from feeling overwhelmed with work or resentful toward the rest of the group because those attitudes deter the overall productivity of the group.
The ability to accomplish complex, independent tasks that stretch beyond the capabilities of individuals is one of the most beneficial components of working in groups. People intrinsically have different ideas and bring different strengths to a group. By avoiding group think, which is the pressures conformity from all group members, new ideas and solutions can be created.
This group demonstrated the qualities of a productive and cohesive team. Each group member adequately contributed a specific section of the blog. The absence of social loafing ensured that no single group member was overwhelmed or put in a great deal more effort than other members of the group. Furthermore, our group members were accepting of different views on leadership which prohibited group think and allowed each member to learn new facets of leadership. Overall, our team worked together efficiently and created an outstanding blog.

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