The Forgotten Team Member

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Case Study Analysis|

Amy Heuston
9/21/2012
MGMT 591- Leadership and Organizational BehaviorProfessor Plumley|

The Forgotten Team member is a excellent example of team development as well as developing leadership skills. Christine is faced with a group member Mike whose personality fits well with the teams but because of time commitments, does not feel included in the overall team atmosphere. This causes him to not contribute as much, which was not beneficial to the team as a whole.

During the weeks that the group was together for this class project, Christine was aware of the distancing of Mike from the rest of the group. Each week provided different cases of this distancing, from Mike being unable to meet with the group due to other commitments, to his reaction to not joining the group when he saw them all together. If Christine had known the stages of group development, she would have realized that the team was at the passed the norming stage, and that Mike was still behind. He was unable to build relationships or work together with the team. If Christine was more familiar with the stages, she could have addressed the group, and encouraged the group to accommodate their schedules to try and include Mike more. She could have also addressed the issue with Mike, which would have led him to feel like he was wanted in the group.

In order to improve group performance, each member has to feel like they are needed and their input is important for the group’s success. Christine knows that Mike can contribute to the group, yet he fails to understand how individual membership in groups work. Christine ends up relaying information from Mike to the group, but fails to follow up with Mike after the group meetings. Christine really needed to focus on making him feel part of the group. This would encourage Mike to try harder to work out his schedule and be present at the meetings.

Unfortunately, Christine is not as...
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