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People Do Not Like To Impose

Group members don't like to cause discomfort to other members in order to reach their own desired results. This perceived discomfort leads individuals to be less involved. In most cases, individuals would rather withdrawal than impose discomfort on others in a group situation.

Unfortunately this means good ideas are often kept quiet until someone feels comfortable to bring them forward. Solutions to your organizations greatest problems may already exist in the minds of members who don't want to impose.

In other situations, group members have certain desires that are only appropriate (or of interest) to a few individual in the group. Members are hesitant to share their requests the whole group because of the negative feedback.

Structure your community to identify subgroups of interest where such a message would be appropriate. This way members can quickly identify and meet others who are interested in hearing from them-- increasing the positive feedback. Smaller audiences helps cultivate an idea before it's shared with a larger group.

Communities should encourage members to define the subgroup they wish to share with and provide tools which facilitate this communication. This means, ideas to improve membership don't have to start with the "membership committee" or even with executive decision makers.

Some tools to facilitate improvement while reducing individuals concerns about imposing on others include:

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By Justin Hitt at October 25, 2003 5:40 PM  Subscribe in a reader


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