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NURS 6053 Week 5 Discussion
The tasks for the demands of healthcare require teams working to reach a common goal. The focus is to succeed, but in order to be in a good position for success, the team must be cohesive and form a cohesive unit. Group-building consists of members who play individual roles contributing differently to the group according to their unique identity, behavioral style, and motivation (Adams & Anantatmula, 2010). Professional leaders often conduct sessions for teamwork efforts and must be able to navigate the members through the stages of group formation and manage any disruptions from individual roles which could hinder the group’s maturity and productivity (Marquis & Huston, 2017).
I was appointed to be involved in a committee project consisting of active nurses planning annual celebrations to honor retired nurses from our hospital. There were fifteen active nurses in the group, all from different departments of nursing and five nurse managers. We were able to transition through all the stages of group formation including forming, storming, norming, and performing but it was not easy. Fortunately, to say, we had a successful event for the retirees and maintained our continued success for three consecutive years. Unfortunately, the next organizing committee was not as successful. It’s sad to say, but after much-exhausted energies from the group, the retirees’ celebratory events diminished to an annual floral delivery. There were quite a few non-returning group members who either had other commitments, was no longer with the organization, or developed lack of interest. New members volunteered to work with the remaining members for that next year’s upcoming celebration. I was a member of both groups and was able to experience group success as well as failure. The second committees’ success was prevented due to stagnation of group formation during the norming stage. Due to the exciting purpose of the group, the 1st stage of forming progressed effortlessly. Excitement and good moods natural brings politeness, and people are happy and geared up to define expectations and receive direction (Adams & Anantatmula, 2010). Next was stage two, which was storming as people began to establish identities, develop positive competition, gain trust, have differences of opinion and use more open communications. Here was a good place to be because open communication fosters better comprehension of the interpersonal orientation of others (Chun & Choi, 2014). The trouble came with the norming stage. This stage was difficult and posed many challenges because rules could not get established and there was never a consensus of the plans in going forth (Marquis & Huston, 2017).
Typical Group Role(s)
In the group, I perform the group role task of the information giver and the group building role of the harmonizer. I feel these two roles complement each other. A mediator can facilitate interaction between group members and encourage them to share ideas and construct new understandings (Frykedal & Rosander, 2015). The information giver offers opinions on what the group’s view of pertinent values should be, and the harmonizer mediates, harmonizes, and resolves conflict (Marquis & Huston, 2017). I mediate and harmonize to keep people focused on the mission.
Facilitating Group Process and Managing Challenging Roles
As a leader, I would interpret the mood of the group and intervene assertively to divert the focus back onto the mission and become a role model to display expected group behavior (Kaufman, 2012). It would be my responsibility to foster an environment in which everyone knows their responsibility for contributing input to reach a solution. The group did not have any disruptive members as everyone was respectful and mindful of each other and without relationship conflict. Members contributed and heard one another out. The problem was task conflict which is member disagreement over opinions, viewpoints, and judgments about the task (Manata, 2016).
Group work is difficult but can be successful with proper communication, role development, and complete progression through the stages of group formation. It is worth the effort for success.
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