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Discussion boardquestion # 29

(1) What are themajor differences between a working and a nonworking group?(#1_working and nonworking group)

Members of aworking group trust each other and share meaningful reactions. On theother hand, members of a nonworking group bear hostility towards oneanother. Hence, participants freely express their thoughts andfeelings (Corey, Corey, &amp Corey, 2013). Working groups have clearand specific goals while nonworking groups have abstract and generalgoals. Most members of working groups feel a sense of inclusion thatencourages them to have sincere communication. However, participantsof nonworking groups feel excluded due to severe fragmentation (Coreyet al., 2013). Members of working groups disclose private informationwhile those of nonworking groups avoid disclosing personal details.

Discussion boardquestion # 30

(1) What wouldyou want to teach group members during the working stage about givingfeedback as well as receiving feedback?

Group members atthe working stage should be taught to be honest when giving andreceiving feedback (Corey et al., 2013). However, they should bedissuaded from making blunt statements. Therefore, participants wouldbe encouraged to consider the impact of their words. Group memberswould need to remember that other members had their best interests atheart. Hence, they should be willing to accept feedback withouttaking offense. Furthermore, group members need to learn how to focuson the message rather than on the mode of delivery. Consequently,they should remember that other participants were equallyenthusiastic to learn.

Discussion boardquestion # 31

(1) What specificguideline(s) should a leader follow to determine whetherself-disclosure would be appropriate and facilitative?

Group leadersshould determine how much, when, and for what purpose they intend toself-disclose (Corey et al., 2013). In particular, they must minimizetheir personal involvement in group activities. In some cases, groupleaders remain anonymous to encourage their members to project fromearlier relationships. It is important to determine whetherself-disclosure would deepen the trust between participants and theirleader. Appropriate self-disclosure can help to achieve modelrisk-taking and hence could help group members to build trust (Coreyet al., 2013). Furthermore, it is vital to consider whetherself-disclosure is motivated by a desire to be liked by groupmembers.

Reference

Corey, M.S., Corey, G., &amp Corey, C. (2013). Groups: Processand Practice (9th ed.) New York, NY: Cengage Learning.