May 3, 2010

Extraordinary Groups

Bellman and Ryan assert that teams instinctively know when participating in a group is something special. They believe that members of ordinary teams, whether as individuals or groups, experience a change in the way they see their world. This change happens because the experience of participating in the group satisfies a set of core needs that the members bring to whatever groups they join, though they may not be aware of these. Based on research involving many different teams, Bellman and Ryan have developed a model of these needs. They include:
  • Accepting yourself while moving toward your potential
  • Forming a bond with others by pursuing a common purpose
  • Understanding the reality of the world while collaborating to make an impact
They assert that when the experience of participating in the group meets at least two of these needs, the experience will stand out as special. This book continues to explain how to lead groups that are considered special by their members.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results
Geoffrey Bellman and Kathleen Ryan
HM 736 .B45 2009