Group Approaches to Change

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Group Approaches to Change

Group Dynamics and Group Process Groups of various types informal and formal get formed to achieve some task and their resultant goals. Many of these groups generate such cohesiveness that we start calling them as teams. Teams are famous for giving unlimited synergies depending upon the team or group processes. In the current scenario where participative and democratic management styles are seen as the better alternatives of managing, formation of groups and making them into teams is very beneficial.

Human beings exhibit some characteristic behavior patterns in groups. People involved in managing groups and group members themselves can benefit from studying theories and doing practical exercises which help them to better understand people's behavior in groups and group dynamics. When group patterns are combined with study of individual development, then group dynamics can also be applied to education and therapy (as is often the case in experiential, outdoor and adventure education). People may underestimate the importance of society and group memberships on their lives. Whilst people sometimes undertake solo journeys by and large much of our experiences of life involves being engaged with others and groups. The nature of these groups can be quite varied, from a family going for a walk, to the crowd at a football game, to an internet discussion group, to a group of fellow workers. Given the diverse, yet common occurrence of groups, what is the nature and pattern of such group experiences? The social dynamics which occur within groups over time vary from group to group, but also illustrate some commonalities.

It is useful to understand the normal processes that occur as groups form, because the members must get to know each other before the group can enter a more productive phase. The stages most commonly referred to come from the Tuckman Model which was developed in the 1960s. These stages are forming; storming; norming,...
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