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Individual Reflection Essay

1379 words - 6 pages

Reflection Paper

Individual Reflection

Part I

The textbook defines cohesiveness as the degree of attraction group members feel toward one another and toward the group. Cohesiveness was something that our group never failed to have, even the first time we met. (Name), unfortunately, was not able to attend our Go To Lunch assignment due to an illness, but (Name), (Name) and myself bonded from the start. I think part of the reason we bonded so fast was our differences. I was very interested in listening to (Name) and (Name) as they told me their experiences and things about their lives, because it was very new to me. Before this group, I had never spent time with someone like (Name) or (Name). I think their experience with me was probably similar. I think because we were all so different, it kept us interested, and we found our experience new and exciting. Personally, I was really nervous going into the Go To Lunch assignment. I didn't know what to expect from my group, but once we met for the first time, all my doubts were silenced.

I think the main reason our group had so much cohesiveness is the fact that we were all focused on the same goal. We worked together well knowing that if we bonded, success would come. I was blessed with a group that had a lot of cohesiveness.

It seems like every chapter we read in the textbook mentioned something about group conflict. In fact, conflict is part of the storming step in the four step process used to describe group formation--forming, norming, storming, and performing. Yet when it came to our group, I simply cannot think of anything that happened in our group that could be considered conflict. At no point during this class did our group have members at each others' throats or arguing with one another. I think this was simple because we all were blessed to wind up in a group where our personalities gelled so well together. (Name) is someone we all respected, both as our elder and as a mother. Since she is a mother of six, she is great at working with groups. (Name) is one of the nicest people I've ever met, and was willing to do anything to help the group. (Name) and I really got along well because we are both freshman who just graduated from high school, and the more we got to know each other the more we realized how much we had in common. I am very glad to say that our group never had to deal with any conflict.

As our group spent more time together, we began to develop roles. When it came to writing speeches, we always had the same roles. (Name) would do the introduction and a main point if needed, (Name) and (Name) would do main points, and I would do the conclusion and a main point if needed. (Name) was the Information Giver who provided facts and examples when we'd create our outlines. (Name) served as the Coordinator because she always clarified our ideas and suggestions. (Name) was definitely the Energizer who spurred our group to action and motivated us to keep...

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