by Team AllYourVideogames | Nov 21, 2022 | Entrepreneurship |
There are several important resources for good business management of your business team. One of them is the group dynamic.
In a selection process, this tool has the power to offer a better behavioral analysis of the candidate in a group environment to know if he can (or can't) be aligned with your company.
Therefore, we are going to share with you what a group dynamic is, what its objective is and some examples that can be applied to your business.
WHAT IS GROUP DYNAMICS?
Group dynamics is a resource widely used by Human Resources professionals and also by those who work with coaching.
It is an exercise done by a group of participants with a goal that needs to be achieved.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF GROUP DYNAMICS?
Group dynamics can be used both in selection processes and by teams that already work in a company.
For the search for new professionals for your company, the group dynamics aims to facilitate the identification of who best meets the requirements of a particular vacancy.
In addition, group dynamics can also be done with teams within a company in order to improve relationships, communication, empathy, collaborative spirit, among others.
And what types of group dynamics are there? Here are some:
- Hire new employees;
- Encourage cooperation;
- Detect new leaders;
- Finding creative solutions to problems, process improvements or ideas for new products;
- Enable a change in organizational culture.
EXAMPLES OF GROUP DYNAMICS
To make your life easier, we've separated 7 simple-to-do group dynamics to help you with your team. Follow:
1. DYNAMICS OF THE DESERT ISLAND
Objective: Assess or improve team relationships.
This group dynamic is well known and often applied. To do this, you will ask members to answer a questionnaire containing three questions:
- If you had gotten lost on a desert island, which of the group would you want to be with you? It's because?
- If you had to organize an important event, which group would you choose to help you? It's because?
- If you won a trip with three more companions, which of the group would you take? It's because?
The questionnaire must be completed confidentially and without the name of the person responding. After finishing, the paper should be placed in an envelope and finally inside a box.
Everyone should then sit in a circle and the group dynamics leader will ask each one to explain the reasons for the answers, without mentioning the name of the colleague who was chosen.
The keywords mentioned in the justifications will be written on a board so that they become important values for the improvement of the group's relationship and communication.
2. DYNAMICS OF HOLDING HANDS
Objective: Improve and emphasize the idea of teamwork.
This is one of the quickest and easiest group dynamics to do with your team. You will only need an empty room and a large colored card.
Ask people to form a circle in the middle of the room holding hands with the other classmates. Let them know that they need to memorize who is on either their left or their right.
Then, ask them to release their hands and walk down the skirt calmly. After a few minutes, place the card in the center of the room and ask everyone to stand on top of it, trying not to leave the card.
When everyone is still, ask them to remember which teammates were on the right and left, and then form the original circle. But without leaving the cardboard.
By doing this, people will realize that they can do a better job if they join forces.
3. BALLOON DYNAMICS
Objective: Helping to develop teamwork and healthy competitiveness.
Assemble two teams, with different colors. Give each member two balloons and a string so they can tie them around their waists.
Each one must try to pop the opposing team's balloons while protecting those of their group. The team that pops all the balloons first wins.
4. DYNAMICS OF SIMILARITIES
Objective: Connect the team through their similarities and empathy.
This is a very simple and quick dynamic icebreaker. Divide the team into pairs or trios, depending on the number of people. Ask them to talk about their professional and personal tastes.
They should write down on paper at least two or three likes they have in common.
5. TRUTH OR LIE DYNAMICS
Objective: Make the team know each other.
Maybe you've even seen these group games. Each team member has to write three statements about himself once on a paper and one of them must be a lie.
Then each person reads what they wrote and the others have to guess which ones are true.
6. DYNAMICS OF CHARACTERISTICS
Objective: Improve team communication and engagement.
Another quick and easy group dynamic to do with the team, as well as a lot of fun. You will need a pen and pieces of paper. Each participant must write two different characteristics on each paper.
The conductor of this dynamic must shuffle the papers and then distribute them among the participants. Each one will mime to represent the drawn feature and the others must guess.
Once they discover the feature, the group must guess who it belongs to. Afterwards, the owner of the answer explains why he put that particular characteristic.
That way, your team gets to know each other better and creates bonds.
BOOKS ON GROUP DYNAMICS
Want to delve deeper and have more examples of how group dynamics works? We have chosen some books to complement this article:
1. GROUP DYNAMICS: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
In this book the theme is presented as it is in its title: from theory to practice.
In addition, it brings examples and suggestions on how to use group dynamics techniques in psychosocial interventions in different areas, such as health, education and organizational areas.
2. GAMES AND EXPERIENCE TECHNIQUES IN BUSINESSES: PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GROUP DYNAMICS
The book tells the author's extensive experience in organizational consulting, which includes group dynamics, games and techniques experienced in companies.
What she suggests is a simple method that involves playing games and using work in a selfless, efficient and effective way.
3. GROUP DYNAMICS: 45 GAMES FOR BUSINESS TRAINING
This book shows how games and group dynamics are created, adapted and practiced over almost three decades in training people in national and foreign companies, from different segments, in groups of leaders and followers.
4. INTEGRATION DYNAMICS: TO FORM WINNING GROUPS
This book was created to help Human Resources professionals and also all those who work with groups and corporations. It shows 71 group dynamics that favor affective development in interpersonal relationships.
These are activities that use creativity to generate moments that make it easier for people to get to know each other and establish bonds.
5. GROUP DYNAMICS FOR MOTIVATIONAL TRAINING
In this book, the author shows several new group dynamics, explaining all the details. It aims to help professionals who use these activities for the development of human resources.
6. GROUP DYNAMICS: 25 EXERCISES TO STIMULATE INTERACTIONS
This is a little book, released by the Matrix publishing house based in our city, which brings 25 quick group dynamics, designed to stimulate integration, increase the quality of work, engagement around common goals and also cooperation.
It prepares members for the daily challenges of a profession or activity. It is also suitable for motivating teams, developing skills, for use in selective processes and for participatory learning.
In addition to group dynamics, another way to communicate with the team and motivate them is through feedback. Not sure what feedback is or how best to work it out with your employees? Access our article.