Do you want an effective, enthusiastic team but need help with team building efforts? In my course Building Teams That Work, you’ll discover many ways to do so. To start, it’s important to recognize the phases that most groups go through.
- Forming – In this stage, the members of the team answer the big questions: What are we doing here? What are the others like? What is our purpose?
- Storming – Here the team members are sorting out team roles and responsibilities. If you handle the conflict constructively, there’ll be a relatively clear hierarchy of leadership within the group.
- Norming – Team members resolve their issues and develop social harmony. Now everyone accepts the process of the team and the roles and responsibilities members have.
- Performing – The team devotes all its energies to accomplishing the task. Creativity and mutual assistance are common during this stage.
- Adjourning – The team wraps up its activities. Some members are upbeat and proud of what the team has accomplished; others feel they’ll lose the close relationships they’ve formed.
By understanding these phases, you’ll be able to calibrate where your team is and how to take it to the next phase. Whether you’re in a team at work, in your neighborhood, or in a nonprofit organization, you can use these skills to create a better team.