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POSITIVE ACTION GROUP

  

OPTIMUM GROUP DYNAMICS THAT RESULT IN A POSITIVE OUTCOME

 

The following list of factors and influences may I believe create a working group that achieves positive outcomes within a community.

  

OVERALL AIMS OF THE GROUP

CORE-VALUES

The completion of positive actions and tasks the provide support for and/or enhance the lives of people in this community. 

To create positive pleasurable social interactions between members of the group in achieving this.

 

What is the difference between a positive and a negative group?

POSITIVE GROUP

The leaders seek to INFLUENCE and EMPOWER the people within the group for the benefit of the whole group.

NEGATIVE GROUP

The leaders seek to MANIPULATE and CONTROL the people within the group for the benefit of themselves or a sub-group.

PREVENTING CORRUPTION - Corruption ensues when individuals self serve to extract value from group resources and/or members of other groups infiltrate a group and manipulate other members of that group to the benefit of themselves or the outside organisations which they represent. 

 

PERSONNEL

A successful group is made up of a number of personnel who understand their role and responsibilities within the group and the group ethos.

DEFINITIONS

DEFINE

  To give the exact meaning of
CAMPAIGN   An organised course of action designed to achieve a desired outcome.
ACTION  

A singular act or unit within a task or process

TASK   A single or series of actions with a guaranteed outcome.
AIM   A desired outcome for an action or task that is not guaranteed.
PROCESS  

A series of tasks and/or actions that are taken in order to achieve a result.

OUTCOME   The end result of a process. An outcome can be Positive, neutral or Negative. 
POSITIVE OUTCOME

(CAMPAIGN)

  A favourable or desirable end to a campaign or process

 

LEADERSHIP / STRUCTURE

To solve problems and/or enhance community life with a project, the campaign (problem or project) needs to be defined, along with a desired outcome and process to achieve this outcome needs to be identified. The roles and responsibilities of the personnel for a particular campaign need to be defined. I believe the following roles to be necessary but is not an exhaustive list for a campaign designed to solve a problem. 

 

RECORDER Recording of information The research and recording of historical information. The recording of current actions and process information as it happens. Potential Identification of corruption indicators and incidents . Co-ordinating with the presenter.
PRESENTER Presenting information Organising information and presenting it to the group and/or the public.
STRATEGIST Process identification & preparation Identifying a process that will enable the group to complete a task. Preparing actions and a strategy to achieve a positive outcome. The strategist will understand the finer detail, the general influences and how this relates to the big picture.
CO-ORDINATOR Process organisation Responsible for co-ordinating the personnel within an action, task to complete an aim or task process. Making sure that the actions within a process are completed and also completed within the correct order. 
FACE Marketing, presentation & influence The FACE is the public front for the organisation. They present the organisation to the world. They are also responsible for influencing external factors and internal personnel.

 

QUALITIES OF A LEADER

    Approach every campaign with an open mind.

Research the subject matter personally.

Listen to others.

Take decisions based upon knowledge and not hearsay.

Be clear and concise in instructions to others.

Reflect on the process and communicate ideas and additional information with relevant members.

Be patient.

 

GROUP PROCESS INFO & STRUCTURE

TIME Evolve  Don't rush decisions. Allow thinking time for making decisions that alter or create a process.
GROUP EFFORT Social interactions Work together as a group, learning off each other, empower and support.
AUTOCRACY Decision makers Appoint a problem/project leader who has the last word and takes the major decisions in relation to a specific CAMPAIGN

This specifies accountability for the success or failure of a project. It also removes time consuming and irrelevant personnel 'deliberation' for a specific decision.

NEGOTIATE Differences of opinion Work through differences of opinion through negotiation and time management. (don't rush decisions that not everybody is in agreement on.)
BOUNDARIES Circle of Care When working as a group, work only within the group for the benefit of the group. 

(Thereby avoiding the potential of being manipulated by external influences with which the group has no control.)

Avoiding becoming overwhelmed by too many processes, and/or actions that need to be completed and/or information that needs to be recorded.

 

PVI test for ACTIONS

PURPOSE    What is the PURPOSE of an action or task. Does it benefit the group?
VALUE   Does an action, aim or task add VALUE to the group 
INTEGRITY   Does the action, aim or task have INTEGRITY

 

The above information/structure is only a suggested guide. The secret to a successful community group is to start a group and remain open to change through adaptation and improvisation for the better of the group.

 

 

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