Group Processes

The futility of trying to please everyone

It is a fact of political life in free societies that governments can govern only with the consent, whether implied or explicit, of the governed. In democracies, that consent is regularly renewed, or not, at the ballot box. If renewed, the party in power soldiers on.

Monday, 21 March, 2011, 12:00am

How to become a better team player

ANY MANAGER ASKED to describe the attributes of an ideal employee will almost certainly put team skills at the top of the list.

The reasons for this should be clear. In today's workplace, people cannot operate in isolation. Their jobs are multidimensional, and need the input and assistance of colleagues who have different skill sets and experience.

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

The beast within us all

Diminutive American servicewoman Lynndie England, recently shown in photographs holding a leash attached to a naked Iraqi's neck in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, has resurrected interest in a couple of classic psychological experiments. Both demonstrate how easily normal people can turn nasty.

22 May 2004 - 12:00am

Fake pleasures of reality TV

TV audiences worldwide are interested in seeing people squirm, fight, fall in love and break down, just like audiences everywhere always have, from disciples of the cheapest soap opera to Shakespeare buffs. Now, producers of TV pulp need to keep developing new angles to engage increasingly sardonic, pop-psychologically savvy audiences.

26 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Business blues remedied

WHILE sometimes ''three heads are better than one'', groups have their liabilities. If not well developed, even work groups with long and successful histories can malfunction.

Substandard business decisions, poor sales performance, high staff turnover and so forth may all result from a malfunctioning work group.

29 Nov 1993 - 12:00am