DISCUSSION RESPONSE : Role of communication

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The purpose of this discussion assignment is for you to define the role of communication in group-decision making.

In your response to a class peer, identify a communication practice, etc. that they have presented in their examples, and explain how this might also work in the music industry

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Decision making in groups can be tenuous or casual depending on the actual dynamics of the group. Leadership style can have a huge impact on how group interactions occur and relatedly how decision making is conducted. Decision making amongst a group of peers is also going to occur differently as there may not be a higher-ranking leader present within the group and candid interactions can occur.

In a group where the defined leader has an authoritarian style, input from subordinates may carry little to no value. In this scenario the input from subordinates may be either dismissed by the leader or alternatively the input from the subordinates may not be candid and may be supportive (i.e. falling in-line) of the leaders predisposed opinion. In many cases providing contradictory opinions to an authoritative leader, the subordinate can expect those opinions to be rejected. Decision making in a model like described above leads to many possibilities/results from being explored and the end decision could have ramifications that remain unknown.

In a group where the leader is more supportive, the group has the opportunity to share ideas and collaborate. In a collaborative environment all participants can share ideas without fear of being immediately dismissed or shot down. During a group collaboration some ideas might be merged with other ideas and morph into a new idea. This new idea could reshape the decision that was originally debated. The exploration of additional ramifications resulting from the decision can be discussed and hopefully vetted prior to the final decision occurring.

In a group consisting strictly of peers, participants may try to form alliances and influence others to agree with their suggestion or decision. The influencing process, brings together members of the group to come to a common decision. Even know this may be a group of peers there still may be a pecking order based on seniority or perceived experience/knowledge. Decision making within a group of subordinate level peers may also leave certain managerial level consequences unaddressed.

Decision making in our organization can occur a few different ways. It is primarily based on what/who will be impacted by the decision. If decisions will impact primarily staff, the decision making is handled strictly within the organization. If decisions will impact legislature, law making or the constituents, our legal counsel is an active participant within all decision making meetings.

For basic decisions within the organization our director will work with senior staff to determine the best course of action. A basic example would be the staff assignments for upcoming work with our regulated financial institutions. These work assignments are onsite within the financial institution and can last anywhere from several week to several months. Depending on the specific assignment certain staff members may be better suited than others. Aside from the current skillset needs, there is the inherent need for staff development and skill diversification. It is imperative that all opinions are shared and heard during these decision-making meetings. During this time is where we can discuss and manage which staff member will be in charge onsite. Based on history, there are several companies that have requested certain staff not return to their company due to personality conflicts. If decisions were dictated by management versus developed by with input from senior staff potential conflicts could occur which would be determinantal to the agency.

For more complex decisions that affect both internal and external stakeholders, the director starts with proposing decision option(s) based on the issue. These options are presented to the team and a list of concerns are drafted. These concerns and options are discussed with the team and legal counsel is brought in to weigh in with the discussion. Many of these types of decisions may require legislative involvement for law making discussion. If a decision could result in a law change, we need to ensure that we have legislative sponsors on board before drafting changes. If we cannot find a suitable sponsor for the changes, then discussion does not move forward. If that occurs, the decision has been made for us. Otherwise if we find sponsorship we as group draft the proposed law change and one of us will take lead and present it to the legislature During this whole process legal counsel is part of all decisions. The agency employs a very inclusive decision making policy.

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