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Building Team Cohesion
There are Internal and
External Forces that Exert Pressure on Members of Groups/Teams
There are three main forces
that act on
members to stay in Group, follow its rules, and obey its code of
Kurt Lewin, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at Berlin University came to the US in 1932 where he taught at Cornell University, and then at Iowa, becoming Professor of Child Psychology at the latter's Child Research Station. In 1944, with Douglas McGregor and others, Lewin founded the Center for Group Dynamics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which is now based at the University of Michigan.
In the 1939 studies conducted by Professor Lewin, L. Lippitt, and R. White, Lewin carried out studies relating to the effects of three different leadership styles on outcomes of boys' activity groups in Iowa. Leaders in each group were asked to change their styles; however, the effects on each leadership style remained basically unchanged. Lewin's goal was to show that the democratic style achieved better results.
There is the possibility of social and cultural influences on individuals undermined his findings to some extent, but nevertheless there is suggestion of benefits in the context of an American democratic style. The studies also showed that it was possible for leaders and managers to change their styles, and they could be trained to change and improve their leadership characteristics if appropriate management styles for their situation and context were adopted.
There are group dynamics that influence achieving a balance among the major parts of a writing a position paper and achieving a consensus or group decision that is acceptable to all members of the group. Sometimes there group chooses to endorse a majority and a minority positions that doesn't provide clear guidance. Rather, readers of the report are free to decide what, how, and when to act.
Model of Factors Affecting Group Cohesion
The forces holding a group together consist of contracts, scholarships, family expectations, etc. Other factors such as age, proximity, or eligibility requirements can also play an important role.
Individual characteristics of group members include the following participation motives:
There is a leadership style and behavior as individuals strive to establish a leadership relationship within their groups.
The characteristics of a group varies according to the size, age, and even sex of the members constituting the group. For example:
Cohesion increases performance level of interacting sports, but there is a decrease or no effect on performance for "acting together" (also known as co-acting).
New coaches will inherited a portion of their team from the previous season. The previous season's leaders may graduated and/or there may have been conflicts and problems. It is extremely important for a new coach to discuss his/her plans with the team before the start of the season and then follow through by monitoring the progress during the season to build both task and social cohesion in the team.
It is important to build individual satisfaction. There is a circular causeIndividuals who are a member of a cohesion group are more likely to attend every practice session and be less likely to drop out. Such individuals are less likely to cause disruptions in group activities and more likely to be a positive example of following the on and off ice training rules. The positive environment supports a positive social support each individual receives from other members of the group.
and effect with satisfaction and cohesiveness of the group's members!
PDF Team Management Starts by Defining the Team group looks at the meaning of a team. One way to define a team is to differentiate it ... Athletic teams can be classified as either ”co-acting' like golf or track teams
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Stand, Divided We Fall
by Kaia E. Using goal setting to increase team
Kurt Lewin Found that, if group members were involved in and encouraged to discuss the forces that act to oppose rather than comprising independent forces in themselves. Most members will want to stay within the behavioral norms of the principles of force field theory.
Cohesion by Karlene Sugarman,
PDF Management Science and Group Behavior: Work-Unit Cohesiveness taps a basic property of the small group: its "stick-togetherness" acts on members to remain in the group.
Group Cohesion and Team Building by Dave Yukelson
Team Building 101 by Dr. Colleen Hacker
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