October 09, 2012
This chapter has talked about how to get people motivated and what it takes to meet the member’s needs. “Group motivation provides the inspiration, incentives, and reasons that move group members to work together to achieve a common goal” (Engleberg & Wynn, 2010, p. 138). Engleberg and Wynn (2010) stated, “Without motivation, we may know what we need to do and even how to do it, but we lack the will and energy to do it” (p.138). Some members may not have high achievement needs; instead, they focus on meeting the needs of others. Many people work in groups for several reasons. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Engleberg & Wynn, 2010) there are two categories of needs: satisfiers and motivators. The satisfiers are people whom like to give people material things; however, the motivators are a good essential to the group more so than the satisfiers.
These categories are broken down into eight personality types. Some of these can be both positive and negative influences in group motivation. “The extrovert personality encourages interaction and provides frequent feedback” (Engleberg & Wynn, 2010, p. 142). Engleberg and Wynn (2010), “intuitive personality encourages creativity, visioning and brainstorming within the group that will help the members to be better prepared and present a better product”. According to Engleberg and Wynn (2010), the feeler strategies include discussing impact of decisions and how they affect others, as well as, encouraging cooperation and harmony, also the judger provides agendas and set realistic deadlines while setting standards and expectations of the group. The thinker strategies for motivation are to encourage the decision making. The thinker’s personality could be both positive and negative. All these personalities combined will make a group strong, keep the members grounded and focused, aid in group decision making and help settle
References: Engleberg, Isa N., & Wynn, D. R. (2010). Working in Groups: Communication Principles and Strategies (5th Ed.). : Pearson Education, Inc..