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How to get the Very Best
from your Teaching or Training Group
 A Manual of 280 pages plus a 60 minute DVD video

Susie Rotch Psychologist

Leadership skills

Part 1.    Group Process & Leadership skills

Part one of the manual and the DVD offer a compact and empirical explanation of three well-known psychological behaviour models. These models have been uniquely presented as an integrated system of group management techniques.

This new synthesis is presented with a variety of practical individual and group exercises that you can immediately apply.

Contents.   Part 1.     Group process, leadership style, managing anxiety.

  • A letter from Susie Rotch.
  • Introduction to Part 1
  • In the beginning there were groups. (see below)
  • Notes on Observation. An invitation to assess.
  • Motivating your Group - Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
  • Setting your own course.
  • A Group over time - Tuckman & Jarman.
  • Hierarchy of Needs compared with group stages.
  • Group tasks at each stage.
  • The right leadership style - Hersey & Blanchard.
  • Comparing group maturity and leadership style with
    stages in the group and motivational needs.
  • Managing anxiety in the group.

In the beginning there were Groups

Groups provide learning opportunities available in no other setting.

Opportunities to establish an identity by reference to the group and it's norms,
opportunities for the security and support that members can give each other,
opportunities to learn, practice and receive feedback from others about how we are going and of course, opportunities to work together and play together.

Groups are so universal that our participation in them appears to be part of our biological inheritance as human beings.

Groups can take on a very strong life of their own. We are attracted to groups and we learn and maintain the roles that are forged within the group. Like iron filings attracted to a magnet we gather in groups and take on their unique but inevitable patterns.

In a newly formed group all things are up for grabs. It can be exciting, dangerous and challenging. This is true in degrees for a child starting school, a teenager learning to be more socially skilled, an employee or manager attending training courses to improve work-related skills and even a mature age student attending hobby classes to name but a few.

Managing a group can seem like a dauntingly complex task to the leader whether she or he is a community worker, teacher, instructor or trainer. There can be concerns about maintaining discipline whilst also making the group a productive environment for learning, establishing trust and positive group norms, getting through the syllabus yet pacing the work to meet all the needs of the participants, challenging the brighter or more courageous ones whilst helping the weaker ones to keep up.

At the same time the group leader wants to ensure that all participate in ways that enhance their social and emotional development. No wonder group leaders get stressed about the difficulties of their role!

Yet managing a group can be made easy to understand and easy to learn,
that’s what this program is all about!

Before we do anything else, I start by looking at what makes groups effective as learning venues, using a summary of research from psychology and psychotherapy. This first part of the manual covers three behavioural models which are uniquely merged to form a matrix. They will provide a ‘psychogical map’ to help you find your way through to indentifying, understanding and successfully managing the major group processes.

On one dimension the matrix views the interlocking effects of individual and group motivation.
On the next it follows the development of the group over time with the stages you can expect it to go through. The third dimension tracks the level of maturity of the group and the leadership style required.

These group processes are compared with individual human development to encourage you to see the development of the group as the organic thing that it is. Some practical guidelines for keeping the group on it’s toes but not over-anxious are also included.

These behavioural models together with a framework for evaluating your fitness, general preparedness for group leadership and guidelines for running ethical groups comprise this first program.

At the end of each segment of the manual you will find exercises to do. These are tasks that require you to become a careful and honest observer of yourself and the people around you. You are invited to use these observations to help you to think about what is going on and why.

Use your observations and thoughts to prepare for and practice managing the phenomena that ineviatably occur when you run your own groups. You will find that the observations, the theory and the practice all support your learning and make it easier to translate your knowledge into actual group leadership applications.

Leadership: Part 2: Structure, Planning and Timing  

Leadership: Part 3: What makes groups effective, roles in groups, self rating and what makes a good group leader, self care and personal development, the ethics of group leadership.

Leadership DVD / Video
  Shows the models in part 1 operating in a variety of learning groups.

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