Silicon Valley Technologies, a simulation of a technology based corporation, gathered their top twenty managers for an off site management meeting. The top management teams included The President, Director of Special Projects, three Vice Presidents, eight Directors and seven Managers. The purpose of this simulation was to handle diverse problems within Silicon Valley Technologies with all the real life complexities that arise when running an organization.
My position was as the Director of Special Projects and I was part of Group VI. All the members of my team and I had one hour to collect and read all the information provided by the individuals who coordinated the simulated project. The next two and one half hours were dedicated to finding all "relevant" members of the team, gathering as much information as possible, and presenting the results to the President so he or she could make a company presentation. The presentation dealt with what our team considered to be the most important issues that facing the productivity and successful performance of Silicon Valley Technologies in the future.
Communication While part of the Silicon Valley Technologies simulation, I found that our team experienced many interpersonal communication problems that challenged the effectiveness of our productivity.
Communications is defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as "The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior." By definition, then, communication necessarily involves one's self-concept, feelings about and perceptions of others, and emotions surrounding the subject being discussed. Among the most significant areas that negatively affected our team were: 1. Levels of exchange between speakers and listeners ÃÂ· Feelings about subject matter ÃÂ· Subject matter ÃÂ· Feelings about one another ÃÂ· Feelings about self 2. Trust and dealing with blind spots 1 The levels of exchange within our group were initially a...