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

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Creating a Supportive Climate

Climate in terms of groups and group work generally refers to a supportive atmosphere in which members feel comfortable. Scheerhorn and Geist (1997) define climate as “group members’ perceptions of the relative warmth or coldness that characterize the interpersonal relationships among members.

There is a reciprocal influence between the climate of a group and the task and social communication that goes on in that group” (p. 91). Larson and LaFasto (1989), in a three-year study of highly effective teams, found that (1) collaborative climate was an essential component of working well together and (2) working well together was a primary ingredient in team success. Thus, it is no surprise that creating a supportive climate ...

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