for a More Cohesive Small Group
By Marianne Reynolds, Reference Dept
As a follow-up to last month’s installment, 10 Tips to a More Effective Meeting, this month’s topic is working in small groups. Many people at one time or another have the opportunity to work in a small group. For example, there are many active committees within the library that function with the efforts of small groups of individuals. Working in groups has many benefits, including gathering differing opinions on varying viewpoints, obtaining feedback on current processes, and generating ideas for new innovations. Groups of 3 to 6 people can solve problems well, even very complex problems. It is good to have an odd number of people in a group because if the group needs to make a decision by vote, and there is a tie, there will be one person to break the tie.
When working in a group, people with diverse personalities are combined and asked to cooperate. It is natural that tension can arise, so outlined below are ten simple steps to ease the process of group work. These steps apply to each individual member within the group.
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