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From the beginning of time it has been evident that as humans we function better in groups than individually Joining pg 4 The Cro-Magnons discovered early in time that they were more efficient and productive working in groups than when working independently Once they pooled their resources people and knowledge the possibilities were endless Until I read the text Joining Together I had never given the concept of groups much thought Now I realize that over the course of our entire life we exist in groups I have learned over these past few weeks dynamics of group structure and the benefits of being in a group We are born into a group we live in a group and we work in a group Throughout our lives the groups we associate with shape our identities The early years of our lives are generally spent in authoritarian models of group structure Participant Material pg 48 We are given instruction first by our parents and then later by teachers with little or no opportunity for disagreement I found this to be the case in my own home as my father gave the orders and we carried them out Opinions from my sisters and me were neither asked for or welcomed He was without question the autocratic leader in our homeThen as we progress in life we discover that there are other forms of leadership where we are not only allowed to have an opinion but expected to have an opinion Ideally we are in a democratic leadership with each group member allowed to share ideas rather than an autocratic leadership the leader controls the group or laissez-faire leadership there is a leader but heshe does nothingI found the Desert Survival exercise to be quite enlightening The group that I was in consisted of five women and no men The first thing we did was to rank our choices individually and then we came together as a group to
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