February 1, 2013
I observed my team during a potluck. It was interesting to say the least. There were about 25 of us and most of all of us brought something to the potluck. What I noticed is most people just dug right in. I could see that the leaders of the group initiated the gathering and started the line to get food. Some people started where the main food was and others on the desserts. There was really a lot of confusion. I must say that in this situation according to The Person the nature of traits of behavioral dispositions took hold for me. When people noticed that the line was going two separate ways there were two responses. Some just pushed others out of the way and kept on getting their food. Others waited and let others get done. One, just one stopped the line reorganized it and had people start going in one direction. That person is definitely a leader. (They were in fact one of our senior representatives.) Others just did what I think their trait dictated. Most people don’t like confrontation and they would have been the one’s that waited to get their food to let others get out of the way first. The other’s that pushed their way in line are actually some of the trouble starters in the group and they didn’t care if it seemed rude or not. They wanted their food and went to get it. Now this may also mean that they are go-getters so that may not be a bad thing either. Linguistic categories may also explain why some people didn’t mind stepping in front of another. Because I am looking in from the outside I really have no bases for my assumption. It may be that they needed to get back to work and were rushing not paying attention that they were moving others out of the way. This was a great exercise, something I would do in the future just to see how people interact.
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