The storming stage of team development can present many challenges. Learn the importance of open communication and how to manage conflict during this stage, so members can share their diverse perspectives to make the team stronger.
- Steve Jobs once told a story about a neighbor…who had a rock tumbler.…This neighbor put some stones and rocks into it,…added water and abrasive grit, and turned it on.…This caused a lot of noise.…When Jobs returned the next day,…the tumbler's task was complete.…The rocks had turned into smooth stones…and the noise was gone.…The storming stage is similar to the rock tumbler.…Team members are rubbing up against each other,…making noise, and smoothing out their rough edges.…They're testing the team's structure,…the purpose, and each other.…
This is a crucial time for you and the team,…because, if the issues are not…resolved in a constructive way, the team could fail.…The goals and processes, which were so clear and attainable…in the excitement of the forming stage,…now seem imprecise.…Alliances on the team begin to form…as members encounter challenges around…work style or personality.…Feelings of frustration and anger are expressed…around any number of issues,…such as the team's ability to meet its goals,…the effort put in by specific team members,…
- 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.