The following piece will attempt to address my personal experience of working in a group for the OB Live project, what I learned about myself through the group process and about the group dynamics that emerged throughout the process.
Personal experience/Reflections on group process
My personal experience of working in group for this project was very positive. Normally I am the sort of person who prefers to work alone and to achieve things independently. This project forced me to come out of my comfort zone and work collectively with others towards the achievement of a common goal.
I was slightly apprehensive about the thought of working with a group of people I hadn’t met before but having reflected now, I have to say the experience was very rewarding. I particularly enjoyed the social aspect of the process-there was a lot of banter amongst the group, the atmosphere was light which I think made the process of making a film less arduous on the whole.
I learned a lot from this process about myself, I learned the value of group-work in the achievement of a common goal. I also learned that sometimes you have to come out of your comfort zone, try new things if you want to gain a rewarding and enriching experience from life.
I think overall as a group, we managed all aspects of group dynamics effectively. There were no examples of ‘social-loafing’ prevalent throughout the group process, each member of the group contributed equally and each member’s contribution was valued. Cohesiveness within the group was also very strong, task cohesion to get the job done and social cohesion to mould everything together.
As a group we experienced very few moments of conflict, when there were moments of disagreement, we engaged as a group to address the issue in question and come up with a viable solution. It is natural for there to be differing viewpoints at times as individual personalities can sometimes...