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Team Building Games for Morals and Productivity

Explain how group cohesiveness influences productivity
Identify characteristics of emergent leaders in an informal group
Describe how a team's morale and productivity reflect the supervisor's behavior and attitude

Perform the following tasks:
Read the introduction.
"How Would You Handle a Donkey?"

In your group there is a stubborn donkey who will never change his opinion no matter what; an entertaining but constantly chattering, mischief-making monkey; and a peacock who proudly shares his "I'm brilliant and colorful" status and struts around but gets little done. There is also an inspirational lion and a loving female momma cat who would be cleaning up and organizing everyone to make sure they had lunch....

In the discussion, you identified two additional animals you'd like to recruit to your group and what you might do to encourage helpful behaviors and cultivate leadership in the group. You also considered ways to control or manage those who were harming the group's productivity and morale.

Research the Web for team-building activities/games that could be used in your group to improve morale and productivity. Consider the five-stage model of group development in your research:

Stage 1: Forming
Stage 2: Norming
Stage 3: Storming
Stage 4: Performing
Stage 5: Adjourning

Choose one (1) team-building activity/game that would be appropriate for a particular stage of group development, and another activity/game that would be appropriate for a different stage of group development.

For each team-building activity/game researched:
Provide a detailed description (preparation, instructions, and so on)
Explain at what stage of the group development it would be used for and why.
Explain what you like about it and why.
Explain how you might improve on it as supervisor/team leader.
Provide your sources of information.

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Explain how group cohesiveness influences productivity

Productivity of an organization is always dependent of the performance of its employees, individuals and groups. Researches have shown that people who are physically closer to each other develop closer relationships. Group cohesion is defined as "the relation of individual group members to the group as a whole" (Schmuck & Schmuck, 2000). Now we can see that these all are interconnected; group, cohesiveness and productivity. Hence a person who is in a group can perform better and produce better results in comparison to who is not. People adjust their behavior according to the group as they value their membership in cohesive group. All members of the cohesive group generally share common goal, social traits, and attitude, spirit which drive them to be more productive.

Characteristics of emergent leaders in an informal group

There are basically two types of groups, formal and informal. Formal groups have an official leader; these groups are generally found in organizations or professional sports teams. Other type is informal groups; these groups are formed due to relationships, friendships or a chance meeting. These groups generally don't have leaders.

Informal leaders are chosen from the team and by the team but they are not formerly appointed. An informal leader exerts influence over the other members of the group. With the change in need of group members, Informal leaders change. Emergent informal leaders do not possess any special power or quality and if they fail to meet the group's expectation, they get replaced by the other person.

Describe how a team's morale and productivity reflect the supervisor's behavior and attitude.

Supervisor's behavior and attitude affects the ...

Solution Summary

The following posting discusses team building games for morals and productivity. Concepts discussed include forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning.