The seven habits of successful teams are a guideline that can improve the operation and coordination of groups and teams. Many of the concepts from the video were related to the content from the text, Groups in Context. As the seven habits are identified, group three has also identified how they related to the content found in chapters 1 -6 and also other sources. As the future leaders of our communities, these concepts are similar to a roadmap that allows our groups to become as effective as possible.
The first habit of successful groups is identifying the “rules of engagement” (Thompson, 2011). When the group first meets this habit is paramount. This is something we engaged in on our first day of class. Thompson described this as “setting the ground rules” (Thompson, 2011). Thompson specified three things in particular; trust breakers, rules of information sharing, process of resolving conflicts within the team. Most if not all of these topics are best represented as boundaries and ethical responsibilities. Boundaries being the rules in which the group will adhere and perform. Ethical responsibilities are the rules which will govern each members responsibilities related to the group and its other members.
According to Thompson trust breakers are things that will cause a loss of trust between members in a group. Where it may not be possible to prevent trust breakers from happening, it is important that everyone know what is and is not considered acceptable. Defining the ethical responsibilities of members as located in Chapter 1 is an excellent place to start. This will ensure that all group members know what is expected of them. Some of these are: determine to do your best, determine to behave with the group’s good in mind, make a commitment to fair play.
The rules of information sharing determine what a member will and will not share with the group. It is important that these rules coincide with the ethical responsibilities of group members. Meaning you need to ensure you share things that will improve group interdependence. Interdependence is the
“concept that what one group member does affects all the group members.” (Wilson, 2005, p.26). Thompson made a point to note that some groups will be very casual about this and just say to share everything. This sounds good in theory but not everything needs to be shared. If you find yourself not sharing everything then you are not adhering to your own rules, which will cause a trust issue in the group.
The process of resolving conflict can be a very important one. If the way a group mediates disputes between members’ ideas is not impartial, or at the very least fair, the group’s cohesion can be damaged. The book gives many good methods for deciding. Consensus is where all group members come to an agreement. Compromise, the decision where everyone gives up a little so the group can come to a decision. The democratic idea of the majority...