Small groups change live. How do I know? They have changed mine. I am where I am today and who I am today because I’ve been part of small groups throughout the various stages of my left. From your group in high school to university groups, sporting groups, family groups and business groups.
Small groups weren’t “magical” for me but what happened in and through groups was powerful enough to change my life and I’m constantly reminded of how small groups environments bring about changes and opportunities for individuals and amazing business growth.
There are millions of stories of how successful businesses were started by the individuals who join together by creating a small group (i.e. partnerships, alliances) and when about to build multi-million and billion dollar businesses using the foundations of small groups.
- Karen Lawson, (Former CEO of CareerOne) as quoted saying “You will be amazed that once you reach out others will be very supportive and you can build a collaborative working group of thinkers to help you on your journey.” (Businessinsider.com.au).
- Larry Page and Sergey Brin who met at Stanford in the mid-1990s and decided they wanted to start a company together. Two years later, the partners established Google’s headquarters in Susan Wojcicki’s 2,000-foot Menlo Park garage.
What are the benefits of small group to you?
“More hands make for lighter work.” “Two heads are better than one.” “The more the merrier.”
Need I say any more.
Benefits for Business Owners
Small group can help business owner develop a host of skills that are increasingly important in the business world. Small groups have contributed to better learning, retention and overall success.
Properly structured internal and external groups can reinforce skills that are relevant to both business and individual staff to increase skills for break complex tasks into parts and steps, plan and manage time, give and receive feedback, challenge assumptions, develop stronger communication skills. Plus increasing collaborative efforts allowing business to tackle more complex problems, delegate roles and responsibilities, pool knowledge and skills, hold one another (and be held) accountable.
As business small groups encourage develop new approaches to resolving challenges, establish a shared identity with other group members and help to develop business own voice and perspectives in relation to vision, customer service and more.
While the potential business success and growth using small groups are significant, simply creating groups is no guarantee that these goals and outcome will be achieved. In fact, groups can – and often do – backfire badly when they are not designed, supervised, and assessed in a way that promotes meaningful teamwork and deep collaboration.
What Does a Great Small Group for Business Look Like?
- Group members are encouraged to become active rather than passive by developing collaborative and co-operative skills, and lifelong communication skills.
- Group encourages the development of critical thinking skills.
- Group establish an environment of support, trust and cooperative learning.
- It promotes staff and partner achievement.
- Business and staff have the opportunity to learn from and to teach each other.
- Group facilitates greater transfer of previous knowledge and learning.
- Group will enhance social skills and interactions with outcome of growth for the business
- Quiet individuals have an opportunity to speak and be heard in small groups thus overcoming the anonymity and passivity associated with large groups.
- Teaching effectiveness and efficiency increases, and as a result, there is increased enjoyment of teaching by staff (and students).
- Business gets the chance to work on large projects (larger in scope or complexity than individual tasks).
- Groups can save time and alternative ideas and points of view can be generated.
- Individuals develop and practice skills in decision making, problem solving, values clarification, communication, critical thinking, negotiation, conflict resolution, and teamwork.
- It turns business challenges into interesting, motivating, engaging, and fun tasks for everyone!
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