What are group dynamics?

Group dynamics are the processes that take place between members of a group. The processes involve the system of behaviors and psychological processes taking place. The same dynamics exist in both working and social groups. They can occur within (intra) or between (inter) groups. As evidenced by systems theory, these processes are complex, cyclical, reciprocal, and often occur simultaneously. Several important factors impact group dynamics, such as group member power, roles, and coalitions to name a few.

Group dynamics matter because they affect the group’s ability to get things done, deliberately and effectively. When a good group dynamic exists, each individual member will perform effectively and toward achieving goals set by the group. Conversely, when a poor group dynamic exists it’s likely to result in a negative outcome on the group’s ability to achieve its goal.

Group dynamics are key to unlocking high-performance in teams, groups, and organizations.

What is the Group Dynamics Profile™?

The GDP™ collects group members views to diagnose and describe the ways the group works together on seven key scales. It systematically compares the individual members’ perspectives to describe the group’s overall ways of working, its dynamics.

Armed with the overall group perspective, the GDP then compares the group’s results with other groups from other organizations. By understanding what else is known about other groups with similar dynamics, a group can evaluate if the current style will help them achieve their goals in the way they want.

The Group Dynamics Profile™ report gives group members their own individual and overall group results so they can place their own experience in the average group’s experience. With this information, group members can objectively compare their own and their colleagues’ experiences while considering how the group’s shared working practices may help or hinder the ability to achieve their group’s goals.

Key features

  • Uses most scientifically valid method for comparing multiple perceptions
  • Explains group’s typical dynamics
  • Provides individual’s comparative results
  • Benchmarks group against other well known leadership teams and companies

Why is the GDP™ useful?

  • Enables leaders and team members understand the ways their team works
  • Calibrates individual members’ views with the rest of their group/team
  • Helps group determine if current practices align with desired ones
  • Highlights potential areas for group/team and individual development

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