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Small Group Facilitation: Improving Process and Performance in Groups and Teams by Judith A. Kolb

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Types of Groups

In this book, I use the term “groups” to refer to both groups and teams, although I realize the distinction between the two. Both are collections of individuals who share some common interests and goals and who perceive themselves, for at least a short period of time, to be a unit. A facilitated session might involve people who come together for one specific purpose and who may never meet again as a group after accomplishing that purpose. Teams, generally, refer to long-term groups that have defined goals requiring mutual cooperation and dependence. Groups and teams exist for a variety of reasons. The following list and descriptions should give you a good idea of the purposes for which individuals form groups. Although most of ...

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