Reading a Group: Using Group dynamics to get ahead in life
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Reading a Group: Using Group dynamics to get ahead in life

Learn how groups work to better understand what makes them effective, so you can make the group work to your advantage.
3.3 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
113 students enrolled
Created by John Boyle
Last updated 11/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • You will understand different types of group and their different function
  • You will understand what makes up a group and how groups work
  • See how ablity to "read" a group will make you better able to understand what makes the group tick
  • Different tackics of group leadership to be able to get the most out of any type of group
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  • An interest in groups and how they work
  • Experience of being in a group
  • A desire to fix a not functional group
  • A desire to want to get ahead by understanding aspects of a group

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

- Vince Lombardi

All of society is divided into groups in one form or another. Starting out as a family group and forming different group as we progress in the world. Understanding groups and how they function most effectively will get you ahead of the game. No more getting caught off guard. You will be able to use the skills in this course to instantly recognize the movers and shakers in a group by where they sit, how they talk and what they say.

By understanding how groups think, you can effectively improve any group you encounter and turn it around for the better. Knowing the roles that individuals play in the group as well as understanding the distinctions and nuances in task based and social based groups, you will be better equipped to help the group meet its needs and perform its goals.

Groups are more than a collection of individuals they take on a life of their own and work in different ways because of that. Having the foundations of group dynamics theory, any group will make more sense and can be easier to fit into and work with.

Start understanding groups today so that you can shape you future interactions and get ahead in any group you encounter.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is part of a group and would like to understand the fundamentals of how it works and how to make it operate better
  • Goup leaders that want a more funtional group
  • Aspiring leaders that want to be able to fix a group and get the most out of a group
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Introduction: What this couse will provide and how it will help your group
1 Lecture 02:51

Why study groups? Introductory lesson to what we will learn in the course and how it will benefit us to learn ore about groups and their interactions. A walk through of what the course entails and who the course is structured.

Preview 02:51
Group Dynamics
1 Lecture 03:53

What is group dynamics? How is it different than just a collections of individual people? The make up and influences of an individual effect how they will interact with the group. The group also can develop its own personality. Why do we need to study groups and what benefits can be gained from this endevor.

Preview 03:53

Group Dynamics
6 questions
Chararcteristics of a group
4 Lectures 21:44
Knowing what distinguished someone who is in the group versus someone outside the group helps to understand how groups collaborate and what bounds them together. Whether a strict membership boundary or porous, makes a difference on how the group operates. Knowing what welcoming rituals and symbols are present will help determine who is in and who is out of a particular group.
Preview 08:29

Characteristics of a group
5 questions

A look at what motivates people to participate in a group and what are the goals and purpose of a group. How are the goals and purpose different and how does this effect the dynamic of the particular group.

Whats the purpose: How the groups shared purpose helps it to operated effectivly

The atmosphere of the group can determine if the group is successful dysfunctional. Groups can have different atomopheres and different reasons for each atopmphere. Undertanding the atopmere can protect you from walking into a "hornets nest" and help you to better able defise any situations quicker.

How are you feeling: How the atomophere of a group determine group effectiveness

How groups communicate with one another can impact on how ideas are shared or not shared. Communication is a key to group members interacting with one another. Successful groups have communication that promotes transmission of ideas but this sucess depends on how they communicate.

Who has a say: How commnication and interactions makethe group better or worse

Chacteristics of a group
6 questions
Substance of a Group
3 Lectures 15:06

The purpose of a group. Where does a group fall on the scale of task/social based structure. Each group has a reason that it comes together and why people choose to particpate in the group.

What make a group: looking at the nature of a group and what makes it work

All groups fall on the group scale. One needs to understand taht scale and how the group falls on it and where they should fall on the scale. Being too far to one end of the other could be problematic.

Group scale in action

The way that the group is formed the climate of the group effect the way it interacts. Knowing the general group types help to better understand the way the group works. This lecture covers the way a group is formed, the way it communicates and the what brings it back together in the face of adversity.

All groups are not equal: Examining different types of groups and thier purpose

Subtance of a group
4 questions
Individual and the Group
4 Lectures 29:46

How do the roles of the individual effect the group. How can you assess the roles of individuals. How do individuals personalities control the group.

Preview 05:30

See how the type of leader and how he or she got to that position effect the over all group dynamic. Also look at the ways groups fit into the overall scheme of an organizion and how that effects their interactions both internally and externally.

Who's running the show: How function of group determine how it should be lead

How to get the most out of the group and adapting to changes within the group such as purpose and resources. How do the group react to these changes and who can the leader of the group get the most out of a group even if the results are not tangible.

Leading the Group: How do get the most out of the group to get the best results

I look at a people based vs. agenda based leadershhip of running and meeting and the effect it has on the presence of the leader and on the employees attending the meeting.

Tale of two leaders: How different styles come across in a meeting good and bad

Individual and the group
8 questions
Implementing group knowledge for personal gain
3 Lectures 30:05
What in it for me: Using an understanding of group dynamics as an advantage

How can you use group dynamics to your advandage to get ahead in a group? How can you get a quicker read than the someone else to be able to make a group work better? This is not about manipulation but about situational awareness within the group.

Putting the pieces together: Advantages to put yourself ahead and win the game

Can a dysfunctional group be fixed? Where is the problem and how can you find it in order to fix the group? Problems can be found in one of three places withing the group. Knowing where to look can be the key to fixing the group.

Can it be fixed: Examing and dysfunctional group to see how it can be improved

Implementing group dynamics
6 questions
Wrap up and Summary
1 Lecture 03:26

A look at where we have been and what we covered and where we can go from here.

Wrap up: Where we have been and what you can do now to further see what goups do
About the Instructor
John Boyle
4.2 Average rating
73 Reviews
1,100 Students
3 Courses
IT and Business Professional, ACE, ENCE

Having advanced degrees in Information Technology and over a decade of experience in the field working with hardware, software, networking and databases. I have a passion for computer forensics because it involved detective skills as well as IT proficiency and the combination is a growing field that keeps getting bigger. My profession certifications in the computer forensics field include AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE), EnCase Certified Examiner (ENCE) and Cyber Incident Responder Certificate from the DOD Defense Cyber Crime Center. I bring a diverse experience of IT related topics that i have encountered in my career and paths of study.

In addition to my work in the IT field I also have a diverse background in business, leadership and communications. With interesting in subject matter such as body language and group dynamics, I am able to competently talk about this subject matter with ease. I hope to be adding course on these types of subjects as part of my future endeavors as a Udemy instructor.

Since my childhood I have had the hobby of genealogy. I have traced my family tree through out the United States and Europe. I have combined my fascination with technology and with genealogy to help speed up my research and improve my results. My work in Computer Forensics, finding evidence on a hard drive has assisted with my hobby of finding relatives in my family tree. Both are different forms of detective work that require tracing things back to the origins.