Using Rothwell's Standard Agenda For Problem Solving And Group Discussion

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Introduction There have been many times in my life I believed I could feel someone watching me, but I had no idea that at one point in my life I would willingly subject myself to a “Fish Bowl” and volunteer to be watched and evaluated by my peers and a professor. However, this is exactly happened to me and my classmates as we endeavored to put our newly learned communication skills to the test. Using Rothwell’s Standard Agenda for problem solving and group discussion, our Fish Bowl groups were able to use group communication skills and critical thinking to arrive at viable solutions for the problems placed before them. Identifying and Defining the Problem If every journey must begin with a first step, I suppose I shall open with the first step of the Standard Agenda, Identifying and Defining the Problem. Rothwell claims that when faced with an issue, groups must first “[formulate] (the problem) into an open-ended question identifying what type of problem the group must consider” (262). He makes no claim to the time commitment needed for such a step, however, and this is where our groups differed. Femme Comm Omega and Five for Service spent a matter of moments here, and easily defined their problems. Femme Comm Omega faced deciding who should receive first priority for limited seating at a Texas college football game. Five for Service was tasked with scheduling a student organization’s monthly meeting when group members had differing commitments and time constraints. Team 3

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