Task Groups Chapter 6, Page 193

Megan, Maddi, Taylor

How tasks in a group Don't get accomplished: What not to do.

Ice Breaker

The primary purposes of task groups are: (1) meeting client needs, (2) meeting organizational needs, and (3) meeting community needs.

Purpose: To relate the definition of task groups to personal experiences.

Types of Task Groups...

  • Treatment Teams
  • Committies (most common)
  • Coalitions
  • Delegate Councils

How to lead a task group

See page 195 for detailed steps

Establish the Group's Purpose

  • Broad enough to encompass different goals.
  • Specific enough to determine common nature of the groups purpose.

Potential Sponsorship of the Group

  • Pay careful attention to the purpose of the group and the organization's policies and goals.

Selecting Potential Members

  • Select members for their expertise, interest in task, and position.

Recruiting Members

  • Television, newspaper, radio announcements.

Size of the Group

  • How many members?

Orienting Members to the Group

  • Review the purpose of the group to new members

Meeting Place and Room

  • Whole atmosphere should be considered.

First Meeting

  • Introduction of members by leader should be facilitated.

Working with Resistive and Disruptive Members (Like in the Video)

  • Leaders should treat member's suggestions and ideas about how to proceed with respect.
  • Meetings that are not run well are boring and unsatisfying. The leader has an obligation to keep members focused on the task and to move the meeting along.

The Middle Stages

  • Members and the leader often need to complete a number of tasks related to accomplishing groups goals prior to the meeting.
  • The group should not assign essential tasks to members who promise to accomplish tasks prior to meeting but don't usually follow through.

Ajourning a Meeting

  • The leader should summarize what has been accomplished during the meeting.
  • Future agenda items should be specified.

Evaluating and Terminating

  • Evaluate the extent to which the group has accomplished goals.

How to Problem solve in a task group: The 6 Steps

Page 199

1) Identify and define the problem

2) Assess the size and cause of the problem

3) Develop alternative plans for solving it

4) Assess the merits and shortcomings of alternate plans

5) Select and implement the most desirable plan

6) Evaluate the success of the plan being used

Now that you know how to problem solve effectively in a group:

Ship-Wrecked. Purpose: An activity to promote problem solving in task groups

barriers to effective problem solving

Page 201

in task groups, there are often barriers that Hinder effective Problem solving.

As a group, what types of problem solving techniques HELPED you decide what items to keep and which ones to discard?

As a group, what if any, were BARRIERS that kept you from deciding which items to keep and which ones to discard?


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