Study Report: Team Effectiveness

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Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing Helping New Teams Perform Effectively, Quickly Building a high-performing team takes patience and professionalism. Effective teamwork is essential in today 's world, but as you 'll know from the teams you have led or belonged to, you can 't expect a new team to perform exceptionally from the very outset. Team formation takes time, and usually follows some easily recognizable stages, as the team journeys from being a group of strangers to becoming a united team with a common goal. Whether your team is a temporary working group or a newly-formed, permanent team, by understanding these stages you will be able to help it quickly become productive. Understanding the Theory Psychologist Bruce…show more content…
To do this, you will need to change your approach at each stage. The steps below will help ensure you are doing the right thing at the right time. 1. Identify which stage of the team development your team is at from the descriptions above. 2. Now consider what needs to be done to move towards the Performing stage, and what you can do to help the team do that effectively. The table below (Figure 1) helps you understand your role at each stage, and think about how to move the team forward. 3. Schedule regular reviews of where your teams are, and adjust your behavior and leadership approach to suit the stage your team has reached. Figure 1: Leadership Activities at Different Group Formation Stages Stage | Activity | Forming | Direct the team and establish objectives clearly. (A good way of doing this is to negotiate a team charter.) | Storming | Establish process and structure, and work to smooth conflict and build good relationships between team members. Generally provide support, especially to those team members who are less secure. Remain positive and firm in the face of challenges to your leadership or the team 's goal. Perhaps explain the "forming, storming, norming, and performing" idea so that people understand why conflict 's occurring, and understand that things will get better in the future. And consider teaching assertiveness and conflict resolution skills
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