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We’ve heard the saying, ” Two’s a company, but three’s a crowd”. Well, I believe that’s not always so.
Recently, in our HBO(Human Behavior in Organizations) class we had a group activity. People feel group activities are eye openers to their inner capabilities! They bring out the best or the worst in men( or women for that matter). But the fact is, group tasks are no different when it comes to a stage of performing. They just bring out the real self in you.

ACTIVITY

So, coming to our activity, we had 4 different groups with 5 members to be selected in each. Each of the groups were given 5 envelops containing random shapes. Each of us given the same time and just told that we need to come up with 5 coherent shapes within the team, without talking or gesticulating. We had observers in each group for that. At the end of the activity, each group had different results. Surprisingly enough! (Or is it?) 

Shapes

Shapes

Group A had tried making a big common House with it, with part of it still left. Group B, tried making 5 different squares, with 3 of them complete and 2 left. Group C made 4 squares with the last person trying to fight over his incomplete square. And Group D, made 5 similar squares. It was really interesting analyzing each of the group’s approaches, problems and dynamics. I will leave that part as of now, for you to imagine/ think.

OBSERVATIONS

  • People tend to focus on individual goals a lot more than anything the larger goals, because of which they tend to get protective and tend not to risk their own achievements.
  • Some kind of people are inherently group oriented and members from the start assume that they should be benevolent. They may be attention/ inclusion deprived. They tend not to have any sense of competitiveness.
  • Some people in a group have no or little sensitivity. Here is where Ego’s hurt larger objectives.  
RELEVANCE
POLITICS: Individual achievements, Individual glory. Work for the next elections. Praise/ condemn to keep public image intact. Help/ fight keeping self interest in mind.
ARMY: A place where work is objectively defined, but group activities as treated as a culture. Larger goal comes first, rest of your groups second, you come the last. Internal satisfaction more important than recognition or media coverage.

PSU’s: Hierarchical structures. Let the boss decide! Work for the sake of it. Go home as soon as its 5pm. Make use of holidays, resources because you get them. Take no risk, follow no new policy. If work doesn’t happen in time, in a required order, sling the blame to your junior.

INDIAN TEAM: Difference between Indian team now and before. Between, players who played for themselves and for the team.

 According to Maslow’s needs model, our needs are different, both individualistic as well as collective. But, what has always driven humans, from the onset of time, is individual recognition. It is not something wrong. But,

Group Results

Group Results

many a times, the difference between the examples I stated above and those who stand apart is that, the latter realize the difference between recognition for self and self recognition. These who stand apart are change makers, those who bring revolutions, those who actually shape the course of time. But, we tend to move along in life. We tend to run a RAT RACE. We believe, if we are better than our next door neighbor, we progress. But, its like, being happy when you overtake someone on a road, when we should know that there someone else ahead of us now.We should realize that following the rules in a traffic jam helps more than finding that small gap between the rickshaw and the scooter. But, we are humans, still. Whether we except it or not, we do believe that

 1 = COMPANY    & More than 1 = CROWD 
( My appreciation to my HBO lecturer for some wonderful exercise and insight) 
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