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Group Dynamics

Presently I am teaching a couple of people. It doesn’t feel like teaching at all…they are such good receivers ! They are smart and intelligent and wise. They have absolutely no ego hassles. If they are confused, they ask, I answer, we discuss and resolve. If they make mistakes, we all laugh, correct the mistakes, reinforce and move ahead. They give me suggestions that I accept or reject, but always after a fair discussion. I openly discuss my doubts, the things that I appreciate and the ones that are not working, with the group and together we arrive at a solution. Most important of all, they are interested and involved. They understand that they and I are both working towards the same thing.

In my opinion, this is pretty much the ideal way for a group of people to work together and be effective. I am happy that I have such a group to work with.


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