A. Three main concepts about systems theory.” The ripple effect 1. A chain reaction that spreads across a system affecting almost all or all parts. 2. The ripple effect can start as a small blip that alone has little importance. However, when this small incident starts to affect other parts of a large system, it spreads causing magnified problems for the group and its individual members.
Cal State University, Chico had poor budget planning and too many extra expenses over the last few years, such as a brand new student union building and a new building for physical education and recreation majors. Due to the extra expenses, tuition has been steadily increasing, while funding for many things has been cut. Because of the cuts, fewer professors are being staffed. With fewer professors classes are being canceled, class size has dramatically increased, and it is taking students a longer time to graduate.” Synergy 1.
This is when the individual parts of a group create a greater outcome than just the sum of the members. The potential that 4 individuals bring into a situation in multiplied because of the group dynamic. 2. A group consisting of 6 members has 6 individual personalities, intelligence levels, creativity, work ethic and numerous other traits. If synergy occurs, when these individuals get together their potential is not merely the sum of their traits. They become amplified by each other and produce a greater result.
When the hunt for Saddam Hussein was on, our government agencies that have always worked alone in the past collaborated. With the FBI, CIA and other powerful agencies pooling their resources and knowledge, a greater goal was able to be accomplished; the capture of Saddam Hussein.” Negative Synergy 1. This is when individual parts of a group have a negative influence on each other, causing the sum of the individuals to be less than expected. 2. This can happen due to a single member with a negative attitude, or multiple members clashing due to ego or refusal to compromise and adapt. If 6 people get together in a group, and the group dynamic is compromised because of clashing traits, it is negative synergy.
How groups can influence people in negative and in positive ways. By definition a group is a number of people who are regarded as a unit. They are united by a shared interest or belief, be that religion, sport, or politics. All groups have their own identity, we as people have multiple ones. From a social perspective, an individual is often defined by who they are and what they do; a parent, a ...
The 2003-2004 49 ers team is a good example of this. They had amazing players, but a conflict between the quarterback and the wide receiver led the team to a rough season. A good quarterback and a great receiver along with a talented offense and strong defense should have let them to at least the playoffs. However, personal issues weakened the team and led to a poor season.
B. How each concept has affected a group in which I have been a member.” The ripple effect When my dad got sick about 3 years ago, my family experienced a harsh ripple effect. Our family business, a medium sized property management company, is owned by both of my parents. My dad is the broker, my mom coordinates maintenance and bookkeeping, and either my older brother or I manage office administration, depending on if I’m in school or not. When my dad got sick, it put enormous pressure on my mom and I to cover the aspects of the business that we had never dealt with. With us putting in extra time and effort (which we gladly did) my younger brother and sister were handed down a lot of responsibility.
My brother had to start doing grocery shopping, driving for my sister who is only 14, and extra general chores around the house. My sister started getting dinner ready after she got out of her after school sports, while juggling homework and basketball games. Change spread to all of my immediate family, and we adapted and overcame. The ripple moved beyond my immediate family as well to a few close relatives.
When I decided to go back to school, I realized it would have a lot of consequences and not only for me, but also on my family and maybe also my daily job. I work a fulltime job; I’m married and have a daughter and a son still living with me. With all that considered, I had to work out all the possible effects it would have on all the effects it may have. I work as an “accounts receivable analyst ...
My aunt and grandma in particular put in a lot of extra time driving to the bay area to help my parents as much as they could.” Synergy We have great synergy at my work. I work in a coffee shop where it’s crucial to be speedy, precise and friendly at 6 in the morning. On a morning shift we have 4 people working-two baristas and 2 cashiers. I’m always amazed at the coordination that any combination of employees can reach on a shift. Part of the synergy comes from routine, but most of it comes from how we interact with each other. The bustle that ensues during the 8 am rush would look crazy to an outsider, but to us it’s exciting.
We are constantly yelling orders over the steam wands and coffee grinders, running around to greet customers, covering each others posts when a big order comes in, running drinks out to cars-all while managing to keep people moving through and making quality drinks. We even manage to have friendly banter with customers and surprise our regulars with their drinks before they even order! Individually we are all good employees and nice people, but together we make a killer team that exceeds anything that an outsider would expect.” Negative synergy In my physics lab last semester I experienced some awkward negative synergy. There were four people in my lab group. We are all intelligent and motivated students, but together we didn’t produce results that you would hope for.
One person in my group was a very intellectual thinker and liked to give long-winded explanations for things that the rest of the group already understood. A different person was stubborn. He did his work one way and decided that it was the only right way to do it. He didn’t want to hear about how the rest of the group wanted to approach the problem. I usually ended up doing the majority of the work with the fourth member of our group who I meshed well with. We helped each other and learned from each other without ego or stubbornness, but this aggravated the other two members.
We had to come up with one final product for the four of us, so after a few weeks of learning that we couldn’t do it together we split the work and pulled it together at the end of class. We were always the last people done and we always left in a bad mood. C. The ripple effect is something that usually can’t be helped. If something happens, it’s going to affect another aspect of the group and so on. Synergy and negative synergy are also dynamics that you either have or you don’t.
In this essay, I am going to describe how groups can influence people in a positive and in a negative ways. I will be using evidence drawn from Chapter 5 of the study text ‘’Starting with psychology’’ Spoors et al (2011). It is in a human nature to be a part of a social group. Belonging to a group, such as family, clubs, sport teams or group of friends, give us support, it make us feel good about ...
Negative synergy can be worked on through compromise and effort, as synergy can be improved through communication and group relationships. In future groups I will be more aware of group dynamic and how it affects productivity. Synergy is important to be productive and accomplish goals set out by a group. I will attempt to make future groups cohesive working systems..