Not always 3 is a crowd- The rationale behind group dynamics

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Debanjan KunduFollowJul 16, 2018

“Never doubt a small group of thoughtful citizens who can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has” — Margaret Mead

Whenever we imagine that a group of individuals are working together who are way too comfortable with each other, we tend to believe that the orientation towards a goal has changed. We seldom forget that in order to achieve something individually or as a team, focus is most important. In the coming of age in the field of start-ups and a crazy trend to be overtly independent, people often forget that no one is complete. It is highly probable that an individual can achieve a lot single handed but a team can achieve a lot more.

Building the idea of group work has some serious implications in future. One of them is developing a high skill of micro management. In a group, not everyone can be a leader of the group but everyone can lead something as sub divided functions of the group. It is very important to delegate work to all the people equally. Delegation often stems from the fact that there is enough trust and confidence placed in the person’s abilities to complete a given task. It is all about identifying individual potentials and also having an equal capability to intervene in one’s shortcomings in order to maximize the potential of the group. The way, a group interacts with a society is often a key in understanding the way it will influence the society in future. More often than not, the structure of any group is formal which are structured to perform specific tasks.

In a recent case study of a group of individuals having common goals for examinations that they wanted to clear, the individuals had initially planned out the entire time table for a certain amount of time. In a way, they imagined themselves to have completed the tasks in a much efficient way. When the results of the examinations came out, all the individuals had successfully completed and qualified that examination. The back story to this fold of success started when they decided to achieve that goal of qualifying the examination. The time table not only included relative portions of study but also had portions where they used to converse in conference calls and discuss issues related to improvement. One of the key in successful group dynamics is to identify each other’s shortcomings and that was what this group also focused on. They wanted all the members of the group to develop an ability of solving maximum of the problems that they encountered. It is like having a cricket team in which even No.11 can bat and bail out the team in a tricky situation and even the opening batsman can bowl 3–4 quick overs if required.

The secret behind any success is always focusing on the process than on the results. The process of achieving the goal, the preparation one individual takes or a team takes is more important than the consequence. Mutual assistance, guidance, coordination are key players in successful group dynamics. Being pragmatic always helps and hence to understand that not everyone is equal but everyone can be molded to be equal is important. In a way, the belief that a group can achieve anything when they can harmonize the work and appreciate each other’s achievements, enjoy the success that others and working on their own developments all contribute to success.

The three characteristics of a real team- Harvard Business Review

1) A meaningful and common purpose– This is more of an external mandate. The team must definitely set a common goal and purpose in order to achieve something.

2) Adaptable skills- Diversity in individual capabilities are a must. The most effective teams do not always have the skills required from the outset; once they start working they adapt and learn the various skills required to achieve that goal.

3) Mutual accountability- Again, it is not always noble to accept the blame or put the blame for any sort of failures or success. A team must always focus on “We” rather than an “I”.

The way a team handles failures is also very important. Not always an individual wins or neither does a team win every day. It is important to learn how to lose, in order to win. It is important to seek help when it becomes difficult to push through. We are mere mortals, we are mere human beings, we make mistakes, we learn from them and we accept them and we move on. Not every day is equal neither every day brings failures. Persistence and self-belief are ultimate keys to success.

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