Essays on Diversity between in Group in Terms of Culture and Languages Coursework

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The paper "Diversity between in Group in Terms of Culture and Languages" is a good example of management coursework.   The paper examines the effectiveness and challenges encountered with teamwork activities especially the individuals learning within group work. The paper points out diversity between in-group in terms of culture and languages, the strength and weakness of cultural diversity in the group. The essential communication skills used in group work and the one required to be developed. Procedures are given out on how to manage conflict between students due to intra-conflict. The team works processes are highly correlated.

In general, teamwork has both positive & negative effects regarding the effects of group outcomes. The group members interdependently work together to converts inputs and outputs through cognitive, verbal & behavioural activities with the intention of achieving the structured teamwork objective goal effectively (Ilgen 2011). The common taxonomies associated with our group in respect to communication are the task-related processes which include planning, monitoring and coordination. Interpersonal interaction process was also observed within the group in conflict management, motivation and outcomes. Literature attributes that effective communication is well associated with task processes in the group.

With reference to limas, 2011, the group technique of communication was so simple, e.g. verbally and print information, discussing one topic at a time and clearly stated decisions that all members understand, since individuals in group absorb information differently and in varying rates. In addition, active listening, asking questions for more information, paraphrasing statements, checking individuals feelings and offering and requesting more information all attributed to effective communication. Teamwork triggers impressive performance (Hertel 2011). The work performance using team technique is of higher quality in comparison to individually work activities which have limited capabilities.

The productivity is higher and it takes minimal time to present the results or findings as per the task given in the group. With diversity advantages of teamwork in efficiency and productivity, intra conflict teamwork was encountered. Individuals hold discrepant view especially ones that concern opinions, attitudes and knowledge ideologies. The main essence is due to interpersonal incompatibilities between group members. Source, as reported by literature, the challenges behind the situation, is due to limited resources resulting in stress and tension or rather due to cognitive states (Schruijer 2011). My group assignment experience has been of significant importance to my self- growth.

It is virtually impossible to pinpoint with specificity a single dimension of growth since my overall gain was diverse. However, for this discussion, I will dwell on the aspects learnt about group communication and teamwork with special consideration to the implications these lessons would have not only to my personal intellectual development but, to a larger scale, how this will experience will shape my group/teamwork in future. Group communication is significant in the achievement of group goals.

In our group assignment work, we had to communicate on various issues that ranged from time schedules, venues, changes in schedules, allocation of responsibilities among other arising issues. Effective group communication is key to the success of a group. It can make or break a group. It was important for us to set the rules and regulations that would govern our group while assigning duties and responsibilities to each of the members with a sole purpose of ensuring that the group’ s objectives were attained.

For example, we had to communicate on the significance of each member’ s presence and availability during each of our discussions, the importance of keeping time and accomplishing the tasks assigned in time. Because of this, we experienced a run that I would consider smooth if it were not for a few hiccups; still, as a result of communication. For example, there was one particular instance where the meeting venue was changed but the information did not reach all the member, in which case I was affected and therefore late for that particular meeting.

My lateness upset members who were there on time, particularly because it was the day to present my findings but I was rather more upset because of the lack of communication that created the inconvenience. This still offered a learning experience on the significance of group communication.

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