The forming stage for a team is the initial phase of development when its purpose and ground rules are clarified. Learn some team-building exercises and leadership tips for this phase.
- One of the best-known team development theories…was developed by Bruce Tuckman,…who suggested that teams evolve through a series of stages,…beginning when they're formed…and ending when they split up or complete a project.…He identified four distinct phases of team development:…forming, storming, norming, and performing.…Let's start with the forming stage.…This is when individuals first experience…what it's like to become a member of a team.…Think of it like a cooking analogy.…
The food brought to your plate at the dinner table…consists of individual ingredients…that were combined to create the dish.…Each ingredient has a purpose…and each contributes to the overall result.…As they get started,…people are asking themselves, "Why am I here?…"Who are these other people and why are they here?"…And, "What are we supposed to be doing?"…This is why during the forming stage it's important…that the team's purpose is clarified…and the ground rules are developed.…
Every team must be clear about why the team exists,…who the members are, and what its objectives are,…
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- Identify the keys to success as a team leader.
- Explore management interactions commonly needed during the four team development stages.
- Recall the meaning of continuous improvement and what drives the process.
- Review the do's and don't of creating a team mission statement.
- Review how to use roles effectively during team meetings.
- Explore how to best use consensus strategies like thumbs up/down/sideways.