Groupthink

Are you being Influenced by Groupthink

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According to (Ivrin L. 1972) he developed the theory groupthink. this theory was described as a psychological phenomenon. for example, when people are in a group and not making decisions off harmony or conformity. In return, their results are more so dysfunctional because they’re agreeing with most of the group whether its right or wrong.

What Causes Groupthink

Sometimes people can be impacted by groupthink and do not realize it. people tend to not voice their own beliefs just to fit into the group. some people make decisions to do less taking while being entertained by the other in the group because they feel that being quiet doesn’t necessarily mean their are agreeing with what is going. you have to ask yourself do you agree with the conversation just to fit in or do you want to stand on your own beliefs? I always believed in the saying “agree to disagree” because it is ok to have a group discussion about certain things and agree to disagree it become like a debate and till a solution is provided.

Confused about Groupthink

Confusion on Group Conversation

Finding it difficult to understand groupthink? these became quite appealing to me as well because how does this behavior even happen? are we trying to do this on purpose? for example, listening to someone talk in a group and you didn’t quite agree with what they stated yet you still agreed because you thought that if you didn’t it would make that person either become aggressive, emotional, or difficulty expressing their response if you disagreed. this would most defiantly have me confused.

Do Groupthink Influence positivity

Positive Emotions and Behavior

There are numerous of things that can impact groupthink in a positive way. for examples, think about the work industry when you have a board meeting at work or team assignment at school.  They both involve collaboration create positive energy in the environment due to the interaction of collaboration and processed focused behavior because you can listen and fully understand different concepts that would best fit the situation as a team and not just one person’s decision.

Here are some signs to look for in Groupthink

  1. Pressure to being apart of the group.
  2. Ignoring that you disagree.
  3. Making up conversation to fit in.
  4. Thinking that your opinions is the only solution.
  5. Someone one become aggressive or angry because they do not agree with your opinion.
  6. Feeling disloyal if you don’t comply to the group.
  7. Voicing your own opinion not second guessing.
  8. Thinking everyone agrees because no one stated different.

Are you being Influenced by Groupthink

If so, what are some of the signs you recognize that you notice? majority of the information we receive is toxic information. for example, news and social media, even music is impacting our minds and the information we receive. In return, results in decreased energy. how can you have better control over your thoughts, while gaining a more positive outlook on life? I would love to here from you.

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TCSG #Eagle 2019 Competition

TCSG #Eagle 2019 Competition

This has been one of the most inspiring events of higher learning that I have been too. The Adult Education Literacy Program has been inspired by people like me who want to endure the quality of completing a Ged this program has been found for over 26 years and I am just thankful to be a part of so many people who are willing to change there life for the better. I had the chance to meet people from all regions of Georgia Technical Colleges. This is how life supposes to be full of positivity for a greater good. This is what allows me to keep going.

Remember “No age is too old to complete a GED or High School Diploma”. I just want to say thank you Columbus Technical College Adult Education Program for giving me the opportunity to have a second chance to complete my GED. I’m so excited that it gives me the fuel to keep inspiring others who think that there to old to obtain a GED. No worries because of Adult Education is here for you. Tell a friend to tell a friend school is the way to Go!!!

Have You Let Fear Stop You From Accompishing Your Goals

What is causing the fear in your life?

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According, to Merriam Webster, fear is a noun. known as an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.

Now my question to others why do we as people let fear consume us from completing our goals? there is no danger in wanting to do better in life. However, I can give you a couple of reason why we as individuals let anxiety get in the way of  personal goals, business goals, or even career goals. I have experienced plenty of days of anxiety( stressful situations) not so much of fear (danger).  we as individuals  get so caught up in fear which distracts us from the work that God has planned for us to do. what is God plan for us beside born to live and die? It is too spread his love and grace all through the world with our special talents that he has blessed upon us and please do not say I do not have a special talent. because we are all creative in some form or fashion. you just have to find your niche and purpose for wanting more in life.

The devil (Lucifer) knows your reward is a blessing from God and will bring great things. so, his goal is to try to do anything to place fear, discomfort, bad thoughts, depression, anxiety, laziness, negative spirits, negative people in your life to confuse you and throw you off-balance of succeding in life. I have been through so much that I refuse to allow the devil to come in my life and disturb what God has planned for me. have you? I have been disrespected, talked about, ignored, taunted, and laugh at for the last time by the devil. He shall not have what God has for me and will not place fear, discomfort, bad thoughts, depression, anxiety, laziness, negative spirits, or negative people in my life.

I have noticed that life can take you as far as you are willing to go. even if you feel like why I have to work a bit hard than others to get were, I want to be in life or trying to be. never second guess yourself for wanting to improve your life for better. what God has for you is what was meant for you and not anyone else. we as people need to understand that every walk of life will not be the same. We all want to accomplish something in life, but we must realize that it needs to be done in order. I found out that planning, time management, consistency, or creating a vision board can be beneficial for me as well as meditation or prayer to relieve those stressful situations.

When you begin to embrace God in your life all those discomforting things seem to be replaced as a breeze in life. John 5:3,4 “Jesus never said that it would be easy”. so with great dedication and hard work learn to lean on God to help you maintain in life.  For the people who have not gotten to this place in their life as of yet. I pray for all who may be experiencing this discomfort and send those bad thoughts, depression, anxiety, laziness, negative spirits, negative people back to the pits of hell where they belong. I pray that God comes into your life as he did mines and remove any negative thought or spirits and replace them with a clean spirit, happiness, hopefulness, encouragement, inspiration, motivation, strength, love and a powerful spirit for God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

I hope this article has encouraged you as much as it did when I was writing it. We all need that inspiration from someone other than ourselves. If I didn’t have the support from peers, family, and God. I don’t know where I would be today.

 

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No Age Is To Old To Obtain a Dipolma or Ged.

Hello, my name is Crystal Dozier an I am the 2019 Eagle Delegate for Columbus Technical College (CTC). The Adult Education Program has made a tremendous impact on my life by providing me with a second chance to complete my Ged. I never thought that I would be mentoring to others in the midst of my life-changing experience. so, I would like to talk about how the Adult Education Program impacts the life within our community so people will no that no age is too old when it comes to better yourself as an individual.

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I am a native in Columbus Georgia raised by a single parent (my mother) from the age of 5 until 17 years of age. my life was steady until I become a teen mom. I begin to experience hard times in several areas in my life while suffering from anxiety and depression. which lead me to quit school. At this point, I knew I had sacrificed my education. as time passed I begin to think about how I would provide for my family financially. so, I begin working jobs that only paid minim wage and did not require a High School Diploma or Ged (General Education Development). which, later became more depressing to me. I am now married with children who I would like to mentor the importance of a high school diploma or Ged. I always asked myself how can I set an example if I don’t have one myself. so, I decided to make a change in my life.

I begin looking for resources in the community and read online that Columbus Technical College had an Adult Education Program, that provided three different class schedules, which are beneficial for the community. The college has teachers to help you prepare for your GED with numerous skills to guide you along the way. Vouchers to go towards your GED practice test and the actual GED test. I knew this would be a life-changing opportunity for me.

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Now I have started the Adult Education Program it has been more than just a place for me to go study my Ged. It’s like a support system I never had. I’m just thankful for my Instructor and transitional coach for providing me with Ged ready skills, encouraging words, in-depth motivation, presentations or topics to keep my focus. The classroom has such a positive impact. I begin to open up to my peers and help them with things that they may be struggling with. For example, resumes and job search. I even got one of my peers hired at a previous company I use to work for.

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After completing my GED, I plan to start college to pursue a degree in Business Management and one day open an outreach center for risk teen within my community. while continuing to inspire others the importance of a high school diploma or Ged. If I can help our youth be great I will. The joy of motivational leadership is my passion and I will continue to help others because I once needed someone to encourage and help me finish school. Our youth is our future. If we won’t do it who will.

Credit Can Be Hasty Without The Proper Knowledge.

 

Credit is something we as Black African-American have not taken the time to understand and acknowledge that this is something we need in life. I encourage anyone who is out there struggling with debt to contact your professional debt collectors and sort out your problems. In addition, set up a payment plan to show you can be a responsible individual or business person. with just a single phone call can change your problems for good. If you need help try to seek resources within the community that can assist you with your debt.

We all have experienced hardships in our life but in order to be able to fix those issue, we as people must learn to communicate with others to sort out any type of hardship that you may be dealing with. I can really talk about this for hours because I was one of those teenagers who went and bought things without fully understanding interest rates and how interest could and can increase my bill if I did not keep my payments up to date. Not only did I lack in fully understanding credit debt and interest rates. I use to lack in communication as well. which later in life lead me several hardships in life. now that am an adult and have learned the proper way to conduct business I can spread the knowledge to others.

 

 

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Cause and Effect 

For example, imagine a 17-year-old teenager or individuals at the age of 21 to 27 ready to explore the world of driving. In order to drive, you must have a vehicle right. so he or she decides to purchase a vehicle on credit with no down payment and high-interest rates without even understanding what is considered a high-interest rate.  You could become a victim of high debt and paying more for a car without even knowing it. Which would later cause you to lack in payments?  In return, this could hinder you over a grace period and ruin your credit and who would want derogatory marks (generally stay on your report for 7- 10 years)  on their credit, not me.

 

Would you like to know how you can fix your credit?

Credit Karma is an awesome way to get in touch with old debt to settle your differences. They provided me with my debt collectors contact information and resources to help me manage my credit. I just want to encourage people who don’t ask for help because I understand. I have experienced several hardships in my life before, I learned how to manage my finances; so that my debt would decrease. now I must say it feels great to not receive those hasty bills and debt collector phone calls.

Here are a couple of steps I chose to take to take minimize my debt so I can have manageable credit once again.

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A Couple of Suggestion to Payout Debt

  • Contact your debt collector
  • Talk about your options
  • Set up a payment plan
  • Start with the largest debt first to reduce the level of your credit
  • Be consistent on payments
  • Provide more funds on the payment if you can to reduce the debt at a faster rate.

 

Remember no one can understand if you don’t speak up and seek help.

To not have resources is understandable but to have them and don’t utilize them is just a waste. So, I encourage people to make time to understand how debt, credit, and interest rates are established and how your credit score can be affected if you don’t carefully manage your finances.

 

Strategic Decisions: Communication

Strategic Decisions: Communication

Have you ever had an experience where a strategic decision intended to satisfy someone was hurried and backfired? What was the long-term effect of that decision?

Communication is such a high priority that I found my family lacks. Being opened and straight forwarded is not considered unethical. I’m in my ISCOM/386 course and it’s teaching me so many things about the quality of service. The material is so in-depth that the majority of it not only relates to business but society and real-life issues as well. I have come across many conversations at work and home. In addition, I realize that when the specific conversation starts off with good intentions some people will reject the facts your stating and interpret the message wrong. This is where the conversation can backfire whether it’s ethical or unethical.

Before applying psychological something triggers the other person when psychology is poorly applied. It’s something that the other person didn’t understand that makes the conversation go from good intentions to bad intentions. The conversation begins to decreases because the person doesn’t agree with what you’re saying due to lack of knowledge.

Have you ever been in this situation? If so, what are some things that backfired with you and how did you determine a strategy to undo what’s been done.

Here are a few things you can do to turn the situation around?

  • Make sure the person your talking to understand what you’re saying
  • Try listening before making assumptions
  • Use your interactions when the conversation turns rocky as an opportunity to turn things around.
  • Build a positive reputation if you’re constantly giving off negative energy it will be hard for someone to talk to you.
  • Give key details with supporting facts.

Until next time be blessed 😊

And remember God Loves You and So do I