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It is vital in a business to ensure group dynamics work as this will produce better output. Irrespective of whether it is a meeting, presentation, training session or just working in the office, it is vital to ensure the group gets on.
So, why do groups not integrate properly? Here is the low-down.
One significant reason not to be ignored is that the group may feel reluctant to get down to business. If you are laying on a buffet, coffee and biscuits beforehand you can understand the reluctance!
However, if it is a day course where people don't know one another and have convened in a location that they are unfamiliar, it could be because the members are shy resulting in awkward silences.
Irrespective as to whether individuals know each other or are unfamiliar with the setting, reluctance can be displaced onto complaints about the room or other members, how the chairs are placed or questioning the importance of the meeting.
The individuals involved can develop the group or do the reverse, ruin it. I know, I bet you are wondering how that is possible. It can happen when some individuals click which causes the group dynamics to break down as those involved create a sub-group with the intention of taking-over the initial group. The opposite can also occur with conflict emerging between indiviuals which is played out in front of the group. This could occur for multiple reasons. A secret leadership contest, hidden agendas or merely wanting to show-off and a fight of egos!
So, how do you ensure the group stays together? A group should generally have a facilitator to lead the group. A primary objective would be to understand the personality traits of those sat round the table. My personality quiz can help, as are the results.
Other things you can consider are:-
Create a welcoming environment: this is so important if staff members from various offices are meeting for the first time in one central location. Organising seating in a way which brings the group together. Please get in touch to discuss this with me if you are planning an important group meeting, as the seating alone can instigate a successful outcome. Try to lead the meeting. This can be easily administered through a soft tone of voice, strong eye contact, smiles and understanding/reassuring/approving head nods. Members should be encouraged to provide opinions without worrying that they will be rejected.
Regular feedback: this can only work if you understand the strengths or areas of improvement of your team members. Through informing group members what you like or where they could improve will make the group integrate better as the other members will begin to see their own role in the social setting.
Planning: have a schedule for the meeting, brainstorm session or training day. Provide materials, such as exercises to bring the group together. I can help with this. Make sure you provide the materials a week before so employees can consider the Exercise before the session as it won't be a surprise and generate better output.