Empowerment Leadership Model for Small Groups, Teams, & Families
Course Two, Lesson 16
Minimizing the Negative Influence of Outside Systems
Note: Whenever "group" or "team" is used, it can mean "group", "team", or "family".
To be successful, a group needs to minimize the negative influence of outside systems. Outside systems can range from cold temperatures outside which requires a good heating system to teenage girls who take the boys’ attention off of their basketball practice. Let me list some outside systems just so you will know how to think of their possible negative effect on a group.
For a group of men on probation with a group to help them get jobs and keep them, systems that could have a negative effect are the probation department, the police, employers hesitancy to hire those who have been in trouble with the law, bars and liquor stores, girlfriends, a poor economy, etc.
And for a teenage group, let’s add the body’s hormonal changes as an outside system (outside to the group, even though internal for each teen) that must be dealt with.
For a foster home group, outside systems are the Department of Human Services, the schools they go to, the families they come from, etc.
For a management team, outside systems that might inhibit team effectiveness might be the salary scale, the next level of management, employees under them, a poor economy, governmental regulations, etc.
A successful group identifies where outside systems are posing problems for the group. Then the group deals with them.
Next, let's talk about how the successful group constantly evaluates its own performance as well as that of every group member.