It was quite a rush! Taken from the vernacular of youth … an adventure, downhill skiing, ziplining across the ledge … as I have found any journey into the unknown to be when surrounded by colleagues sharing the path and facilitated by an experienced and gracious guide.
The blog posts give a sense of the progression as we are moving through the “systems approach” and learning about the various elements. Fortunately, our Professor enabled us to be candid in our response to the materials and not just feeding back textbook rhetoric. This was a little scary and exciting at the same time because my first post was almost an expose on my innermost thoughts.
First impressions: “It is rather exciting to discover where all the influence about the importance of “groups” and “teams” has been coming from. I feel like this first chapter has been a revelation about the birth process.” and not to skip around too much, ” I would like to suggest a possibility that the strength and achievements having been obtained by groups heretofore and being cited as the basis for such group success has been a direct result of the strength of the individualism within those groups.”
Having settled down a little, accepting the obvious, and thus begins the exploration: Did you know there was a thinking style? “For me, it’s simply exciting to think there might actually be a way to improve a group, but even more so that we don’t have to accept them as is and endure. It was especially comforting to have qualified researchers cite studies that explained conduct that I have been subjected to on too many occasions thinking how was such a group even possible?”