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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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A FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING THEORIES OF SMALL GROUPS AND TEAMS: WHAT, HOW, AND WHEN

What we know about groups primarily comes from theories created in the fields of psychology, sociology, and communication. These theories can help us understand how groups function, interact, and develop. Organizing these into three main categories—group task (what the group does), group process and dynamics (how the group operates), and group development (how the group develops over time)—provides a set of lenses through which we can observe and understand the workings of the group. Choosing from among these three would lead to different coaching choices and different results. But although each perspective offers insight, each one alone is incapable of fully ...

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