Great Groups

Author: David R. Hutchinson
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483324184
Format: PDF, Docs
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Great Groups is a practical and inspirational guide that serves as a foundational text to creating and leading groups. Designed primarily for the beginning group worker from any of the helping professions, the book also acts as a valuable resource for those with more group experience. Grounded in theory, but with a strong focus on practice and skill development, David R. Hutchinson strives to connect directly with the reader with his personal and engaging writing style and "learn by doing" approach. Following a hypothetical group from start to finish, with a plethora of examples and reflection exercises in each chapter, the book has a threefold purpose: to provide the reader with specific tools for creating, understanding, and leading effective groups; to help the reader consider the application of theory to practice; and to spur the reader to seriously consider making group work a cornerstone of his or her professional practice.

Leading Effective Meetings Teams and Work Groups in Districts and Schools

Author: Matthew Jennings
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 141660538X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Teachers share one vital characteristic with students: they function best in settings that are organized enough to provide structure and focus, yet flexible enough to respect developmental and personality differences. In Leading Effective Meetings, Teams, and Work Groups in Districts and Schools, author and veteran educator Matthew Jennings provides everything you need to help the teachers in your school or district achieve their full potential: *An overview of the research on collaboration and what it means for educators *Step-by-step guidelines for designing and facilitating meetings *Strategies for avoiding and resolving conflicts among educators *Checklists, questionnaires, and rubrics for designing, implementing, and assessing work groups and teaching teams *Whether you're setting up a complex district-level task force or a simple school faculty meeting, this comprehensive guide will ensure that you do so as efficiently and effectively as possible. Packed with field-proven activities, worksheets, and metrics, it is an indispensable resource for all educational leaders.

Creating Effective Groups

Author: Randy Fujishin
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742553422
Format: PDF, Docs
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Provides an introduction to the study of small group communication, group decision-making, group problem solving, group dynamics, leadership, and team building. This book gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively in the small group setting. It includes sections on reducing speaking anxiety, exercises, and more.

Leading Groups in Stressful Times

Author: Joseph A. Olmstead
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781567206104
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In most organizations today, the greatest stress afflicts those working in groups: teams, task forces, and other units with special goals and purposes. Customary manners of management style and leadership largely fail to alleviate this stress. Olmstead offers a conceptual framework and draws upon his own experiences--supported by the similar experiences of others who have worked in most types of organizations under various stressful conditions--to show how.

Unlocking Group Potential to Improve Schools

Author: Robert J. Garmston
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412998891
Format: PDF, Docs
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This field book shows educators how to improve schools by developing group culture, enhancing facilitators' skills, and equipping groups to resolve complex issues around student learning.

User Experience Management

Author: Arnie Lund
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780123854971
Format: PDF
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User Experience Management: Essential Skills for Leading Effective UX Teams deals with specific issues associated with managing diverse user experience (UX) skills, often in corporations with a largely engineering culture. Part memoir and part handbook, it explains what it means to lead a UX team and examines the management issues of hiring, inheriting, terminating, layoffs, interviewing and candidacy, and downsizing. The book offers guidance on building and creating a UX team, as well as equipping and focusing the team. It also considers ways of nurturing the team, from coaching and performance reviews to conflict management and creating work-life balance. Furthermore, it discusses the essential skills needed in leading an effective team and developing a communication plan. This book will be valuable to new managers and leaders, more experienced managers, and anyone who is leading or managing UX groups or who is interested in assuming a leadership role in the future. *Gives a UX leadership boot-camp from putting together a winning team, to giving them a driving focus, to acting as their spokesman, to handling difficult situations *Full of practical advice and experiences for managers and leaders in virtually any area of the user experience field *Contains best practices, real-world stories, and insights from UX leaders at IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and many more!

Leading Psychoeducational Groups for Children and Adolescents

Author: Janice L. DeLucia-Waack
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452222509
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book provides readers with direction on how to organize psychoeducational groups while also helping them enhance skills for effectively leading such groups—all in one comprehensive volume! Offering an applied, pragmatic approach, author Janice L. DeLucia-Waack uniquely integrates research and practice to suggest valuable leadership strategies while addressing special issues such as children of divorce, anger management, bullying behaviors, and much more.

The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups

Author: Sandy Schuman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470190388
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Praise for The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups "Beginning with a conceptual framework useful to understand effective group functioning, The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups continues with twenty chapters, each describing a common challenge a facilitator can face, examining the research available to understand the difficulty, and then offering pragmatic interventions a facilitator can use to deal with this challenge. A must-read for any group facilitator."?David Straus, founder, Interaction Associates "If you're looking for ways to make your team more productive, you'll find golden nuggets written just for your situation in The Handbook for Working With Difficult Groups. A compendium of research and sage advice, this book offers experienced insights into how to transform seemingly dysfunctional groups and avoid obstacles before you hit them. Should be in the library of any leader or facilitator!"?Tammy Adams, CPF, president, Chaosity LLC "This fine book contains a rich diversity of case studies, approaches and wise counsel from leading practitioners working with groups. It will help you to understand and facilitate effectively in even the most difficult situations."?Dale Hunter, author, The Art of Facilitation: The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy "Whether you are a facilitator, leader, or member of a group, you will gain surprising insights into why a group is difficult, and more importantly, how to recognize the cause of the difficulty and how to develop an effective response to move the group forward."?Gary Rush, CPF, president, MGR Consulting; chair, International Association of Facilitators (IAF)

Got Data Now What

Author: Laura Lipton
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1936765055
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Explore three defining challenges that school teams face when gathering, interpreting, and utilizing school data. Complete with survey questions for efficient data collection, group work structures, strategies, and tools—along with essential definitions and descriptions of data types—this compelling guide will help you confront data obstacles and turn struggling committees into powerful communities of learners.

Recovery Groups

Author: Linda Farris Kurtz DPA
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199362998
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book focuses on community self-help and support groups specifically in the context of recovery movements in addiction and mental health care. The idea of groups of recovering people meeting together may seem like a simple one and not one requiring much effort and thought; however, as this book will show, this is not the case. In Recovery Groups: A Guide to Creating, Leading, and Working with Groups for Addictions and Mental Health Conditions Linda Kurtz breaks down the recovery movement for addictions and mental health care into three sections. In the first section recovery concepts are broken down into two fields: how they differ and how they come together. The second section focuses on methods of working with independent self-help groups and leadership in support groups. Kurtz touches on the study of helping mechanisms, social climate, group teachings, group structure, and how to use each of these to improve group performance. In the third section of the book, Kurtz examines social and community actions from members involved in Twelve-Step fellowships and consumer survivor organizations. The final section also details programs that provide employment, housing, and mutual support, explaining how to accomplish these goals without a large expense. This book will be useful to students, professional mental health and addiction workers, recovery coaches and peer support specialists, and group members and leaders who are interested in this topic.