At the Boomers Rock seminar this past week, Regie Reider of On Target Living explained the importance of groups, especially how groups make the individual better.
Definition of a Group
Common terms might be the last thing you think need to be defined, and I thought “Group” was common enough to be understood by all. But I was glad that Regie took the time to explain it, because it matters how you define the term group to understand the effect on the individual.
A collection of Individuals that are in contact with each other, share comaraderie, and also share one or more common goals.
Some examples are: * a business group * a religious group * social or personal groups
The key is that they are based on belief systems.
If people are hanging around each other but don’t believe in the same thing, they really aren’t in the same group.
When groups assemble for the purpose of accomplishing something, they must follow some steps to succeed. They must: * create bench marks * establish accountability for their actions * exhibit growth
By measuring current capabilities on a agreed upon scale, a group creates a bench mark for their performance in the area where they hope to accomplish something. Weight Watchers asks you to weigh in. A karate class will assess your abilities on their belt system.
Take responsibility for accomplishing a particular task, and also measuring performance, is accountability. Without it, nothing would likely ever get done. There would be just enough confusion about the work towards an accomplishment that the point of the task would be likely somewhere in the group’s distracted thinking (for without accountability, distractions would run rampant in the group, as they would have nothing in particular to discuss about their shared belief).
By measuring performance in the group’s efforts to accomplish a task, growth would be exhibited. The success would likely compel the group to continue, or urge them to fix what is being done wrong if progress had not been made.
Group vs. the Individual
To make a group work better for an individual than what the individual might accomplish individually, the group must have fun while also exhibiting growth. And if the amount of fun is more than the individual can enjoy on their own (like who can laugh at their own jokes more than a couple of times, anyway?) then it will compel the individual to stay in the group.