All posts by Angie

The Tribe Has Spoken- We Survived

  1.  On a scale of 1-5 (5 being consistently), how consistent were you with submitting your blog posts in a timely manner?

Other than missing two blog posts due to unforeseen circumstances, I was consistent with submitting my blog posts in a timely manner therefore I would rate myself a 4.

  1. On a scale of 1-5 (5 being consistently), how consistent were you with posting at least one thorough comment on a peer’s blog?

Although I missed two blog posts, I would give myself a 4 because besides missing two blog posts, I always commented on a peer’s blog.

  1. One a scale of 1-5 (5 being very well), how well did you integrate class concepts into your posts about the Survivor show?

I always had my book in front of me taking notes in order to integrate class and text concepts into my posts therefore I would rate myself a 5. All of my posts had multiple references to the class and text concepts that applied to different scenarios.

  1. Please describe what you think your strengths were with regard to blogging and participating 

My strengths were that all of my blogging and participation tied in to class context and discussions. When I would participate and comment back, I would also reflect and tie in the concepts.

  1. Please describe how you think you could improve on your blogging and participating 

The only improvement was to not miss the two posting.

  1. What did you like about blogging?

I liked that it gave me the opportunity to learn how to use CIKeys, which I had never heard of before. I think it’s a very beneficial tool to know for the future. I also liked that although at first I was hesitant about liking the show survivor, towards the end I was hooked!

  1. What did you dislike about blogging?

There really wasn’t anything I did not like about blogging.

  1. What suggestions do you have for this assignment in the future?

The only suggestion I would make is the number of postings and the weight for each posting. However, I definitely saw the value in connecting the concepts to real life situations and being able to apply it. Thank you for the experience!

Trait Leader? Maybe Not So Much

Although each member is now playing individual in Survivor, for the most part, the members are still in alliances, which ultimately create groups. For example, in one group we have Jeremy, Natalie, John and Jacklyn. I argue that from the very beginning of the season, Jeremy has been a trait leader and he has demonstrated several forms of power including persuasive and charismatic power. Trait leader is defined in the book as a leader who is born instead of made.

Although it could be that he was taught him leadership skills, to me he always given me the impression of a natural leader. His persuasive and charismatic personality seems natural. For example, from the beginning people were trying to form alliances with him and he even expressed he felt like the “prom king.” His title of being a firefighter also gave me legitimate power, which is power from a job title. Especially at the beginning of the season, this title gave him the credibility of being physically trained and it carried on throughout the season. However, this did not save him from being eliminated.

Natalie and Jeremy showed Reward power when they traded their winning spot to John and Jacklyn. Reward power comes from giving out resources valued by members. Natalie and Jeremy though that by giving them these resources, they would guarantee their loyalty, strengthen their group/alliance and have better chances of being saved. Little did they know in this case that the reward power did not work because of the rules of the game.

Keith showed coercive power. In one of the scenes he says, “if anything I will play my idol and vote Josh out” Coercive power is power through having control and dealing out sanctions and punishments. He is trying to play the game by threatening to punish those against him, especially because he has an idol. This also gives him legitimate power because the idol was assigned and it gives him the upper hand if he plays his cards right.

For next episode, I am excited to see Natalie’s reaction and how she will handle the group tension!

Listening Types in Survivor

The time spent communicating is broken down as the following 40-70% listening, 20-35% speaking, 10-20% reading, and 5-10% writing. Therefore, listening is our number one communication activity. Most of us are not very good listeners. Although most of us can hear since it only requires the physical ability, not every one knows how to effectively listen, which requires complex thinking ability to understand, analyze, respect and appropriately respond. Especially in survivor, as Reed comments “there are a lot of strong personalities” listening is that much more challenging in groups than in pairs.

For example, Jeremy was upset that his tribe wanted to make a deal with Probst for more rice. During his one on one time with the camera, “”Why y’all so hungry over a little bit of rice?” He expressed his concern for the exchange although I am sure his group heard him but did not listen. He even questioned their reasoning knowing that they could easily win a challenge soon and they would have a feast. However, they did not listen and they decided to trade their comfort items including the tarp, blankets, pillows, the extra flint and some tools like an axe and pots. They were left with only a few items and “starting from scratch”. Sure enough, they should have listened to Jeremy. In the next challenge, the reward was a survivor grill and a lot of meat—and to their surprise, they win the challenge. They now have food but what if it rains?

This is a perfect example of why is it important to listen effectively in groups. Jeremy was the only one opposed to trading in their group event thought they should have reasoned. To make matters worse, it starts raining. Now, Jeremy is extremely upset that they do not have their comfort items to keep them dry from the long and cold storm. Lesson learned!

Diversity in Survivor

The survivor tribes are made up of many different members. As discussed in the chapter, “every person on this earth is different” therefore, for the most part, there is always diversity in groups. Diversity is good because as we see in all of the survivor tribe challenges, it allows a flow of different ideas and approaches.

The chapter discusses the fact that even twins bring diversity and we see that in sisters Natalie and Nadiya Anderson and brother Drew and Alec Christy. Although they were probably brought up in the same household with the same parents and similar environment, they are different because we all have different experiences, characteristics, abilities, and beliefs. A little after the beginning of the episode, they decide to change the game and change the tribes. With the new tribes, the diversity changes not only because they are now a different mix of groups but also because now they have to go through the different group stages. Since certain groups have different loved one, which adds even more diversity.

I also wanted to circle back on John Rocker who was recently voted off. He did not like disclosing who he was because people would stereotype him as an ‘egotistical jerk’ major league pitcher. In other words, he was saying that people would rely on exaggerated belief to make judgments about a group of people— in this case baseball players. However in his case, people claimed he actually made racial comments.

We also see the many types as discussed in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. For the most part I feel everyone in survivor is an extrovert defined as someone who is outward. Missy is the only character who might be an introvert but I think it was because she was turned against for a while so she was staying off the radar.

This episode shocked me because there were many changes in the group dynamics that it made it even more interesting!

Plenty of Conflict in Survivor

There is a lot of conflict in the show Survivor. Conflict is defined as the disagreement and disharmony that occurs in groups when members express differences. For example at the beginning of the episode, Drew wanted to negotiate with Jeff and trade the lost flint for the fishing gear. However, none of the tribe members agreed with this decision. They experienced substantive conflict because the tribe members disagreed about his decisions, ideas and actions. Jeff turned down Drew so the members were right for disagreeing.

Affective Conflict can happen when there are interpersonal disagreements and members conflicting core values and beliefs. For example, Jeremy is upset because Keith is telling the others that he has an idol. In Jeremy’s commentaries, he states that Keith could have just asked him directly instead of spreading the rumor and telling the others. That shows a conflict due to a different in core vales and beliefs. Jeremy thought Keith had his back but felt his values were different.

Affective conflict can also occur members do not feel appreciated. For example, Missy is feeling annoyed by Alec and she has to bite her tongue several times. When they were going to cook the rice, they made her go back down and rinse off the dish because Alec felt she was “half ass-ing it”. She is feeling unappreciated by the others.

Procedural Conflict is disagreement among group members about the method or process the group uses in attempt to accomplish a goal. For example, Drew decides to throw the challenge so his team is not safe for being voted off and so he can get ride of the ‘snakes’. The rest of his group members would probably disagree if they knew of the hidden method/strategy.

We also see a lot of competition conflict style. This type of style occurs when group members are more concerned with their own goals than with those of the group. For example, Drew throwing the challenge in order to achieve his own goal of ultimately becoming the survivor winner. He says, “I am a bad ass, manipulator of the game.” However, at the the end he gets voted off.

Survivor is full of conflict and only getting better!

Tribal Group Membership

In episode 3, we see several needs that most of us share to some degree. According to William Schutz, the Fundamental Interpersonal Relationship Orientation Theory focuses on the need for inclusion, the need for control and the need for affection. In a way, all members show a need for inclusion because they all want to be in some type of alliance in order to guarantee their survival but I think Jeremy has shown the most need for inclusion. At the beginning of the show, he wanted to be included in the girls alliance but as he weighted out his option, he became part t of the guys alliance.

The need for control was shown by Jeremy. Since the beginning of the show, he liked the fact that most of his group members were on his side and he was like the “prom king”. After his wife Val was voted off, he talks about wanting to control the situation and go after John who was supposed to be looking after her. He seems to be a persuasive strong leader. Since this case is about survival, he does not necessarily take the group’s goals ahead of his own but he shows all the traits of taking control.

Throughout the episode, we are exposed to the group’s task roles. For example, Natalie shows the initiator-contributor role when she went against John after the challenge. She wanted to get the group started and propose ideas/suggestions by telling the other members that they should go again John and vote him off. She is providing the group with a specific direction for the group.

John definitely shows signs of the aggressor. He puts down members to get what he wants and is sarcastic and critical of others.

In Belbin’s Team Role Theory, Belbin also identified nine roles including the shaper. I definitely feel Josh is the Shaper as he tries to push members towards a specific agreement and decision and challenges for example when he shapes Wes and Alec’s vote against John.

The stakes are high… can’t wait for episode 4!

Intense Group Development

At the beginning of the season, they begin by introducing each member and each other’s relationships. You can already tell that there are a variety of personalities, which will make the tribe dynamics very different. This proves that groups are made up of a lot of different personalities.

Dale states “I am not used to being with a group of strangers” which demonstrates the 1st stage of Bruce Tuckman’s Group Development, forming. It was very prominent because the groups are trying to get to know each other and they are at an awkward stage. The chapter discusses that in this stage, group members tend to be overly polite which is true in this case because each member is trying to find different alliances. They are trying to figure out the norms and rules of the tribes. They are also assessing each other’s strengths are weaknesses.

The primary tension for one of the groups occurred when Keith’s group was discussing each other’s ages. This made some of the team members feel uncomfortable specially Dale who is the older member. However after he made the fire, he felt like now he was socially accepted and the transition of the tensions releasing was obvious. For the 2nd group, Jeremy is feeling like the “prom king” because both Missy and Natalie look up to him. Their group dynamic is very different from the other tribe.

In the 2nd episode Josh demonstrates hidden motives. He forms a hidden alliance with Baylor but at the time of the counsel, he puts Baylor’s name down. His hidden motive is that he did not tell Baylor ahead of time because he does not want to make the guy alliance suspicious.

The phases of new members joining established groups is showed through Keith and Val. They are both nervous because they have been in isolation so they have less time to form any alliances or relationships before the counsel. This example exposes the socialize phase of newcomers.

The group goal is, in a way, very clear because all of their goals are to be the winner of survivor.

I am definitely hooked on the show, looking forward to the next blog.