Discuss the below:
"No Man is an Island"
• Suggest at least one (1) scenario in which understanding the Five Stages of Group Development could help you to work more effectively in groups in the future. Provide a rationale for your response.
• Reflect on at least one (1) experience that you have had being a member of a group and at least one (1) different experience that you have had being a member of a team. Classify the characteristics of being a member of the group that made the experience different from being a member of the team.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
These famous words by John Donne were not originally written as a poem - the passage is taken from the 1624 Meditation 17, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and is prose. The words of the original passage are as follows:
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
'No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee....'
More Than Words" and "Who Will Lead Us?"
• Watch the video titled "Getting your body language to match your words" (4 min 40 s), located at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Getting-your-body-language-match-your-words/184804/368346-4.html?org=strayer.edu. Next, give two (2) specific examples of how body language can be a barrier to effective communication in the workplace. Then, suggest a strategy that you could use in your current or future workplace to ensure that your body language does not interfere with the message you want to communicate.
• Select which leadership theory most accurately describes your current or future approach to leadership. Based on the selected theory, give one (1) example from your personal or professional life when your leadership was effective and one example when your leadership was not effective. Reflect on a lesson that you learned from the ineffective leadership experience which you could apply to similar situations in the future.