Write a Essay on working in groups

Jan 30th, 2015
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Write a essay about Working on a groups / teamwork

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The important thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to get credit for the wins and the losses. Successes have many fathers, failures have none."
—Philip Caldwell
working in groups is all about caring for each other and achieving a proposed common outcome.

Teams have an important place in our professional and personal lives. Working in groups is probably an inevitable life experience, even for people who prefer to work alone. A group generates positive synergy through coordinated effort. The individual efforts result in a level of performance that is superior than the sum of those individual inputs. This is also evident in the film “Remember the titans” where a college American Football Team became an instance for the others while there was a political instability going on due to the racism of Blacks and Whites. The team even forced the others to connect hands and diminish the differences of colour among them. In most cases, teams guide organizations to engage in higher productivity. However, the effectiveness of a group is influenced by both internal and external factors. Internal factors include clear purpose, casualness, participation, listening, open communication, shared leadership, consensus decisions, and clear roles & tasks, assignment.
This is an example of how defeats can be turned into successes. It’s the bottom of the ninth inning, the score it three to two and the home team is down. The group decides to buckle down and play baseball. With a series of hits and smart base running, the home group pulls off an upset. But what really made this upset take place? It Is Called Teamwork.

Teamwork happens when members of a group or team, work mutually to achieve a common goal, as a part of a cooperative effort. It’s is everywhere; it is a basic requirement of our lives. Without teamwork you would not be able to complete things that require the aid of others such as building a house, running a factory, or even picking food goods. It requires you work together in form of trust. Trust is the faith that one human being bestows upon another.
There is a second school of thought on teambuilding which has a unlike point of view presented by Ian Cunningham, i.e. Teambuilding exercises can get a bad name for the reason that they do not go far enough. In fact, the whole concept of 'building' a group has been challenged by Ian Cunningham in his piece of writing 'Against Teambuilding' in 'Organisations and People’ [Vol.1, No.1, (1993) Pages 13-15]. He prefers the concepts of 'team working' and 'team development', warning that 'teambuilding' can have unhelpful consequences such as:
• A team becoming closed and valuable - and out of touch with the rest of the organisation - through thinking itself special and different.
• Over-use of instruments and tests (e.g. Belbin, Myers-Briggs) so that the team's language and idea is distorted.
• Emphasis tends to be on quick fix events - the assumption is that once the group is 'built' it's OK to leave them to it.
• Issues in the group are explored at a shallow level only. People's articulations of problems are taken at face value without exploring unseen agendas, power plays, status seeking etc.
• Trainers and consultants often use exercises that are quite cut off from work practice. Many fun exercises and simulations have a poor documentation of creating sustainable change inside organisations.
These were the two extents of views on guidance. Relating to the above concepts of a few examples which I had encountered in my life and by people from different walks of existence, it comes to my attention; the leaders should adopt an approach of being responsive towards the players, with a gradual process of realization of the importance of each other for the victory of the group.

In my opinion the essentiality of a successful group is that, there should be a driving force which should be motivating and forcing the whole group to complete the obligatory task. This person could be other than the leader itself, which is again personally pragmatic by me while doing a group assignment.
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