Life Skills Note (HS210)-Third Module


MODULE-3 Full Note

Syllabus-Module 3

Group Problem Solving, Achieving Group Consensus.
Group Dynamics techniques, Group vs Team, Team
Dynamics, Teams for enhancing productivity, Building &
Managing Successful Virtual Teams. Managing Team
Performance & Managing Conflict in Teams.
Working Together in Teams, Team Decision-Making, Team
Culture & Power, Team Leader Development.


A group is a collection of individuals connected by and within a social relationship. The members of the group interact with one another and also with the group as a whole. There will be a purpose of existence of every group. Group members identify the purpose of the group and bond together. Communication and interaction among group members will be according to formal or informal set of rules and norms. When individuals have common goals, common sentiments and greater interactions, they tend to develop attitudes towards each other and consequently they form different groups.

Characteristics of a Group

 Frequent interaction which includes interpersonal communication and relationship interaction.

 Interdependence among the members and mutual influence.

 Hierarchy, leadership and pattern of rules and norms.

 Common objectives, common beliefs and common expectations regarding outcomes.

 Cohesiveness and unity among members.

Importance of Group

Different groups are formed for different purposes. The importance of forming groups is given below.
Importance of Formal Groups

 To accomplish complex and independent tasks those are beyond the capabilities of individuals.

 To create new ideas

 To coordinate interdepartmental efforts

 To solve complex problems requiring varied information and perceptive.

 To implement action plans.

 To socialize and train new comers

Stages of Group Formation

There are many stage theories of group development. The most well known theory is that of Tuckman and Jensen, which propounds five stages of group formation and is based on the development of internal relations of group members. The five stages of group development are Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing and Adjourning.

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