3 Dyadic Interview and Appellations of Concepts

In the interviews I conducted, I focused on issues of leadership, teamwork and communication and the people I interviewed had the initials DJ, ES, JO as a way of spreading the IPC concepts. After gathering all the information from the interviewees, I realized that personal traits greatly differ and cannot be matched by someone’s first impression. I asked DJ about her perception on teamwork and how to approach problem in teamwork. These were going to give me the person’s feelings and reaction to the situation. The first person I interviewed was cool and collected individual. DJ told me how good she is and the fact that DJ is very impatient with arrogant and people who do not respect others. DJ’s self-assessment portrayed what I really know her to be. DJ proved very wise and was open for the interview. I asked her about her perception when it comes to teamwork and her problem solving abilities in a group. She was open and listened to my questions attentively before responding.

DJ admitted that availability of a range of diverse minds that continually challenge one another result into detailed and thoughtful choices that help in making irrefutable decisions that are essential in the competitive world. DJ clearly explained her view on the impact of conflicts in the organization.

DJ said that she is gifted in making distinction between personal differences and opinion peculiarity and maintaining the spirit of working as a team. According to her fun, openness and productivity with no or less politicking and posturing is the only way of working hard in a team.
DJ said that when a problem arises between her and others, she democratically handles them with a clear distinction between substantive and personal issues.

She would prepare herself with information that is more detailed and multiple alternatives to enhance the quality of their debate. Availability of more data, which are objective based, compel her to focus on issues rather than personal matters or useless arguments rooted in ignorance. DJ believes that reliance on facts reduces involvement on personal issues thus reducing interpersonal conflicts. In addition, said that she loves humor and a shared common goal in debates while maintaining a balanced power structure.

DJ further said that she is normally deeply involved in creating different options that plummet disagreement amongst decision-making participants which in turn promotes teamwork. Individual commitment in decision-making is achieved when joint effort is put in creating a number of alternatives. By creating common goals in the teamwork, she believes that she can outline her strategic options as collaborative rather than competitive. Common goal does not imply uniform thinking but rather require everyone to have a clear vision towards a particular goal. Lack of common goal make some members of the team think that they are in competition thus framing decisions as reactions to threat.

The interviewee said that using humor in decision making releases tension among the team and uphold collaborative spirit by making things funny. The excitement while in decision making process reduces stress and brutal competition. Interpersonal conflicts are greatly reduced by using humor as a tool to avoid hostile and stressful environment. Humor acts as a defensive mechanism by decreasing the team temperatures and blunting the threatening edge of negative information. DJ argued that humor has very positive effect on her mood and may allow communication of difficult information in a more tactful manner and less threatening way. Furthermore, humor may make people more optimistic and forgiving thus reducing defensive barriers thus enhancing effective decision-making process. Interestingly, she did not even use any sense of humor during the interview.