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This segment aims to give you insight into why teamwork is effective, help you identify things you can do to contribute to team cohesion, and help you see the dynamics of group development in action. Understanding the forces working behind effective teams will help you improve your team: whether you are the team’s leader or a contributing member.


1. Assign a team observer and team recorder. Neither student participates directly in the exercise but does observe the action. The note taker writes down the observations of the observer. One student may play both roles if the group is small (say, six or less).

2. Verbally give these instructions:

An a. You are a local CAP unit’s Finance Committee, and your wing has just given you a $500 grant. You can do anything you want with the $500 grant except save it or invest it or use it to pay for monthly utilities. The purchases and justification must be documented. You have ten days to spend the money before it must be returned to the wing.

b. Your immediate needs for the unit are as follows:

i. The corporate van assigned to you needs a new set of


ii. You are responsible for the maintenance of your building,

and the roof is leaking above the supply room.

iii. Your Information Technology officer wants to upgrade

the unit’s computer.

iv. The cadets need a new television with DVD and VCR.

v. Three cadets will be going to the wing encampment next month.

vi. Two new cadets don’t have the money to buy all their uniforms.

vii. The corporate airplane assigned needs its 100-hour inspection.

viii. Four senior members want to go to Squadron Leadership School; the site is across the state and will require an overnight stay.

c. Assign one student the role of the squadron commander. Have that student assign the positions of Deputy Commander for Cadets, Operations Officer, Logistics Officer, IT Officer, and Finance Officer. If other students are present, give them roles as primary staff officers. If the JLBC class has more than ten students, try to create two groups. If more than one group is completed, make sure each group has an observer and a note-taker. Keep the maximum group size to 10 or less.

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