Discussion questions on the topic of dealing with problem group or committee members [ more on conflict resolution ]
- Have you worked in groups which had one or more problem people?
- Has your own behavior ever made you an unwelcome group member?
- What special problems do "unwelcome members" pose for the rest of the group?
- What workable strategies can be used to deal with particular problem types? [ Examples: Busy | Wily | Smugly | Clock | Absently | Quietly | Slacky | Jokey | Whiney | Wordy | Bossy | Tardily | Edgy | Pokey ]
- How does one light a fire under goof-offs?
- How do you clamp down on horseplay and banter in a group without damaging morale?
- How can a group with one or more problem members get productivity and results without incurring resentment or damaging relationships?
- How can a group plagued by problem members keep creativity and innovation alive and flourishing?
- How does one open dialog with a difficult group member?
- How do you discuss someone's problem behavior while minimizing defensive reactions on their part?
What do students look for in their group members?
A study by M.L. Connerley and F.A. Mael, which was published in the October 2001 issue of Journal of Management Education, said that the following attributes matter to prospective team members
- Ability to express written thoughts
- Dependability to show up at meetings
- Ability to work late nights with group
- Sense of responsibility
- Placing importance on grades
|What traits make for a good group? What positive things need reinforcing? [ read more ]|
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