What makes an effective group?
It’s crucial that a group looks at how they are going to work together, before they decide what to actually do. Qualities of effective groups are:

  • clear aims and good morale
  • good communication
  • involving everyone, listening to concerns
  • using strengths
  • sorting out problems effectively.

Establish ground rules –you can refer to them when things get tough!

  • When/where to meet - best days and times
  • What to do if you can’t turn up. How to run meetings - chair? Formal or informal?
  • Problems - anticipate, and discuss how you’d deal with them.

Agree aims – you may need to adapt them as you go on

  • Discuss topic - take time, all contribute/comment
  • Work back from deadline-set goals
  • Plan a timeline
  • Identify main tasks, time they might take

Allocate tasks – make sure everyone is happy with these

  • Use people’s strengths.
  • Question - check tasks are clear.
  • Be realistic - break down into small manageable tasks, not huge or complex

Structure meetings – helps you be productive, keeps people positive

  • Set quick agenda every meeting.
  • Decide when to stop - and stick to it.
  • Feedback - progress and problems Address and suggest solutions.
  • Plan next steps

Skills involved

Listening - speaking

Taking responsibility - delegating

Goal setting -  flexibility

Assertiveness - negotiating, compromising

Self-awareness - empathy, awareness of others

Supporting others - supporting yourself, setting boundaries