Like individuals, work groups have their own personalities or styles of interaction. These styles are reflected in the way group members interact with one another and approach the task to be accomplished. The Group Styles Inventory (GSI) TM measures the constructive and defensive elements of group processes with the 12 styles used by the Life Styles Inventory (LSI) and the Organizational Culture Inventory (OCI). TM
This common language establishes a link between individual, group and organizational development efforts. The GSI also measures an individual team member’s perception of the group’s interaction on a task or problem-solving situation. The combined responses of the group become the group’s needs assessment, identifying behaviours for the group to change and build or strengthen to better achieve synergy.
The Group Profile is interpreted and analyzed through group discussion to determine answers to questions such as:
- What were the most predominant styles that may have led to high or low quality decisions?
- Did the group members accept the decision made by the group?
- What factors contributed to acceptance/lack of acceptance?
- What should the group do differently next time to improve its performance? The Group Profile becomes the group’s needs assessment, identifying behaviours for the group to change or build upon if they want to become more effective in the future.
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