Speaker series features professor Myrna Kuehn

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]CLARION, Pa. – Clarion University’s Student Leader Empowerment Program continued this week with a workshop held by Communication Professor and Department Chair Dr. Myrna Kuehn.
Tuesday’s workshop focused on working with groups and teams, and Kuehn began by asking the group the difference between the two, and said “the difference is that a small group is a collection of people with a common goal.”
She spoke about leaders within teams, the importance of non-verbal communication as well as with words and the nature of collaboration versus competitive approaches.
One discussion point as featured on a hand-out was “What Effective Group and Team Members Do” and a description of each group function. For example, “Gather and Use Information Effectively – Conducting research and issuing accurate information is an important element in the deliberation of any group or team” was among one of the talking points for teambuilding in leadership. As well as these talking points, there was a practical activity which saw students create a square out of cut-out geometric shapes without communicating with words, or their hands. They were only allowed to give shapes to other members of their teams to ensure each person had a completed square. One member of the group said that this was harder than he thought it would be and taught students to communicate nonverbally.
Kuehn said after the workshop, “It is a student leadership empowerment program, and people can walk into any setting with a set of communication skills and influence the outcomes. They can walk into any setting. So I might have an engineer, I might have a computer programmer, and I might have a maintenance person, and they would have the expertise to get the job done, but that expertise does not translate to every setting. Communication translates to every setting.”
When asked about the impact of technology on teams and communication,  Kuehn said, “Virtual teams are not as effective as face-to-face teams. It is much more challenging to work virtually. It is not as hard because you do not utilize all communication devices. It is harder to get as good results in a virtual team as you would face-to-face.”
Tuesday evening was part of a seven workshop series throughout this spring semester, with Diana Bush scheduled for April 15 to discuss “Running Effective Meetings.” Each event in this series is held in Gemmell 248, Tuesdays at 7 p.m.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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