Perception and Stereotypes

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. Our perception of the problem also affects the outcomes or solutions we are able to formulate or imagine in someone while communicating with them. Most of our failures in understanding one another are not only in stressful situations, but also when we are communicating with others as well. Whenever individuals observe other people behaviors, or hear words being spoken, we sometime draw some conclusion about what was meant or intended. If our interpretation is correct, our response will probably be correct. When our conclusion is incorrect or the meaning we make of the person's actions or words is different from what was intended, our response may not be appropriate. What one sign means in one’s culture might be taken in an entirely different way in another. Nonverbal communication occurs when there is an exchange of information through nonverbal signs. In a spoken message, it consists of everything except the words. Nonverbal communication is a valid and rich source of information. As with other elements of communication, the meaning of nonverbal signals depends upon one’s own perception. Understanding the dynamics of perception is crucial to effective and successful communication.


2. According to Robbins and Judge (2011) “teams are more flexible and responsive to changing events than traditional departments or other forms of permanent groupings. They can quickly assemble, deploy, refocus, and disband” (p 315). A team is a collection of individuals organized to accomplish a common purpose, who are interdependent, and who can be identified by themselves and observers as a team. Teams exist within a larger organization and interact with other teams and with the organization. Teams are one way for organizations to gather input from members, and to provide organization members with a sense of involvement in the pursuit...
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