What is Organizational Behavior?

1215 WordsJun 16, 20185 Pages
Organizational behaviour is the “study of what people think, feel, and do in and around organizations” (McShane & Steen, 2012 p.480). In seminar class on week 6, we completed both in person and in team the winter survival exercise as a class. The winter survival exercise is made up of a list a group of survivors need after crash-landing with a small plane in the woods of Southern Manitoba. The list ranges from ball of steel wool, newspaper, .…… and family-size chocolate bar (one per person). During the seminar class, we found out that there were significant differences in what we each rated personally and as a team. Teams are “groups of two or more people who interact and influence each other and are mutually accountable for achieving…show more content…
My team members also exhibit comfort by showing understanding and building confidence of team members that needs extra help. Additionally, my team members communicate and resolve conflicts effectively by actively listening to every member’s idea which involves sensing, evaluating and responding. After my active listening skills inventory assessment, I scored (26) in active listening. In sensing I was scored (9) in avoiding interruption, (6) in maintaining interest, (5) in postponing evaluation. Also in evaluating I was scored (4) in organizing information and in responding I was scored (7) in showing interest. Effective communication which includes active listening is essential to team development and cohesion. Team cohesion is “the degree of attraction people feels toward the team and their motivation to remain members” (McShane & Steen, 2012 p.225). My good active listening helps me influence the team such as allowing me to seat back and give opportunity for other team members to air their views. Even though my team has two women and four men, everyone listens, respects and values each member’s ideas at any given exercise irrespective of gender differences. We give attention to the speaker to express him or herself effectively without any interruptions, but we also like to toss out ideas together in an agreeable, pleasing
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