Chapters’ annotation

CHAPTERS’ ANNOTATION 6

Chapters’annotation

Napier,R., &amp Gershenfeld, M. K. (2004). Groups: Theory and experience.Boston: Houghton Mifflin

Napierand Gershenfeld’s Chapter7 on “Group Problem Solving and Decision Making”offers insight on how groups can collectively share information tosolve problems and make sound decisions. The authors argue that asingle individual cannot have all the resources or knowledge to makesound decisions. Group leaders are faced with dilemma on whether tosolve problems or share with the group members. However’ since theproblems affect both the leader and the group, it is important toinvolved all members. Therefore, groups offer the best platform onwhich diverse ideas are shared and tested before implementation.Conversely, during group problem solving and decision-making, a lotof information is shared, making it difficult to distinguish betweenuseful and useless ideas. Therefore, critical thinking is mandatoryis the group desires to make sound decisions. The quality ofcommunication among group member influences the group’s ability tomake quality decisions and solutions. Decision-making can be delayedif there are numerous alternatives to choose from, while the leadersconsider the benefits and costs of the proposed options.

Thechapter offers insight on how a group can collectively shareinformation during problem solving and decision-making. The authorspropose various theories which groups can adopt when solving problemsand making decisions. The text layout is simple and bullet pointsfacilitate quick comprehension of ideas. The authors use narrationsand stories that make it easy for readers to connect with real lifesituations. I recommend that the book should be mandatory in alltertiary institutions.

Morrell,M., &amp Capparell, S. (2002). Shackleton`s way: Leadership lessonsfrom the great Antarctic explorer. New York, N.Y: Penguin.

Napierand Gershenfeld’s Chapter7 on “The Nature of Group Conflict” asserts that conflicts are anintegral part of any group and should be dealt with as soon as theyoccur. If group members decide to investigate deeply into the natureof conflicts, more time, cost and energy will be consumed. However,members should be willing to solve all conflicts because if ignored,they are like to reemerge in the future. The authors argue thatconsensus is vital as it triggers the need to delve more into thenature of the group conflict and seek a collective resolution.However, in most cases, people are not trained on conflictresolution hence, consensus can create divisions within the group

Napierand Gershenfeld are conversant with the nature of group conflicts andoffer insight on how to solve internal feuds. The authors offervarious theories and real life examples of solving group conflicts.This makes it easy for readers to conjure the most effective ways ofsolving group problems. The authors writing style makes the bookengaging and easy to read. The authors use a simple language andsystematic analysis of ideas, making the book interesting to read. Irecommend this text to leaders, students professional and businessowners.

Morrell,M., &amp Capparell, S. (2002). Shackleton`s way: Leadership lessonsfrom the great Antarctic explorer. New York, N.Y: Penguin

Chapter5 of Morell and Capparell’s book, “Leading Effectively in aCrisis” asserts the importance of immediate concentration of acompany crisis. The authors emphasize that you should communicatewith your employees ant take charge of the problem by asking forsupport, offering your plan and optimism. Always focus on the bigpicture and have several plans in place, alongside the repercussionsof each. The authors’ advice that as a leader, keep your workersbusy and use humor to release tension and shift attention from theproblem. Similarly, do not spend valuable time regretting about pastmistakes. Morell and Capparell recommend that leaders should alwaysask for advice from various sources, but make the final decision onhow to solve the crisis. In addition, involve all the involvedparties in seeking for a solution. Finally exercise patience andallow your staff to get accustomed to the situation while you waitfor results.

Morelland Capparell offer advice on how leaders can handle a crisis withoutstirring panic among employees. The authors’ advice that a leadershould seek for opinion from all the involved parties while lookingfor professional guidance. Similarly, engage your employees and usehumor to distract them from paying attention to crisis. The chapterillustrates that a crisis is best solved by sharing opinion on theissue before making a final decision. Similarly, after taking all thenecessary measure to handle the crisis, patiently wait for theoutcome. The authors use a simple language that makes the book easyto read by both students and entrepreneurs. The ideas are arranged ina logical and systematic manner that makes it easy to comprehend thesubject. The readers can easily connect with the ideas and apply themin real life situations. I recommend this book to students,professional, business owners, and leaders because it offers adviceon how to leaders can effectively manage a crisis.

WorksCited

Morrell,M., &amp Capparell, S. (2002). Shackleton`s way: Leadership lessonsfrom the great Antarctic explorer. New York, N.Y: Penguin

Napier,R., &amp Gershenfeld, M. K. (2004). Groups: Theory and experience.Boston: Houghton Mifflin