Such a lack of flexibility could limit group member input and negatively affect the group’s cohesion and climate.
At this stage, group members share what they know about the current situation, without proposing solutions or evaluating the information. What, if any, elements of the difficulty require clarification?
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” As you can see, the problem question is more complex than the problem statement, since the group has moved on to more in-depth discussion of the problem during step 2. It is perfectly OK for a group member to question another person’s idea by asking something like “What do you mean? ” Discussions at this stage may reveal a need to return to previous steps to better define or more fully analyze a problem.
Since many problems are multifaceted, it is necessary for group members to generate solutions for each part of the problem separately, making sure to have multiple solutions for each part.
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Although the steps of problem solving and decision making that we will discuss next may seem obvious, we often don’t think to or choose not to use them.