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Reading the Signals > Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics

This indicator refers to the extent to which the team accomplishes its work without undue friction or waste. It sees conflict as an opportunity to gain new information and different perspectives. In a team that is working well, members exhibit a high level of emotional maturity and interpersonal skills. Interpersonal relationships don’t detract from but contribute to accomplishing team goals. The team employs a variety of effective decision-making processes, conflicts are resolved, and team members enjoy working together.

Do You Sense Trouble?

Effort. You often can see when effort becomes an issue for your team. Members lack urgency and focus. They are easily distracted and often go on tangents, rather than staying on task.

Knowledge and skills. You can often hear if your team has a knowledge or skill problem. Members will say such things as “How do we do that?” “Has anyone seen this before?” “What do we do next?” When team members sound lost, suspect that knowledge and skills are missing.

Tactics. Unsuitable tactics frequently smell funny. Observing a team tactic or process, you might scrunch up your nose and wonder, “Why did they do it that way?” or “That seems like a roundabout way to solve that problem.”

Group dynamics. If there’s a problem with group dynamics, you will probably feel it. Team meetings will make you physically uncomfortable. You will feel the tension and conflict in the room. You will feel people trying to dominate and control others.



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