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The attitude of the group towards innovative ideas varied with the timeline.

The group has been working together for a short time only as the formation stage happened only one month back. In the initial stages, the innovative ideas put forward by the team members were accepted and debated extensively before implementing them or taking them forward. During this time the ideas put forward were debated without giving any regard to the level of merit in the idea. This was more or less taken as a stage in which the team members tried to size up their team mates so as to know how much ne is capable of putting forward good ideas. In this initial stage, members were more or less accommodating towards each others ideas and were willing to spend time on discussing it till the merit level of the idea is proven and decision is taken whether to continue or discontinue with the ideas. This stage can be essentially linked with the forming stage in the five stage model of lifecycle of a group. The teammates just wanted to find their places in the group and settle down during this stage. So as to facilitate this process, members are more accommodating and receptive towards new ideas. As the timeline progressed, team mates attitude towards innovative ideas changed. Once the accommodating phase was over, debates on new ideas became intensively heated. Pros and cons were discussed more extensively for credit worthy ideas and ideas which were les concrete were rejected outright. This stage saw more conflict between the group members and also faster filtering of ideas. The ideas put forward were of better quality as the filtering standards were set high. The members were trying to settle into their comfort role in the group. This stage can be identified with the storming stage in the groups lifecycle. The conflict level was healthy enough to generate good ideas and analyze them with more structured approach. The healthy level of conflict helps identify each members strength as well as weakness and settle into a role which suited them. This stage has lasted for a short while but the accelerated lifecycle of the group justified this shorter time-span of this stage. The group is now in a stage where unwritten ground rules are established in relation to ideation and analysis. During this stage a pattern emerged where group members discussed innovative ideas. One member will put forward an idea and two members each will analyze the pros and cons of the idea. This focussed approach helped in forming and implementing superior quality ideas. The filtering was of superior quality as members wanted to achieve higher level of quality in their work. Patterns of cohesiveness emerged with respect to taking sides in discussion. The level of personal cohesiveness had increased and roles are more or less well defined among the group members. This has helped in analysing the ideas in a better way as members were familiar with the working patter of the other members in group. The understanding of each other in the personal level has helped the group in understanding each others point of view and as a result was able to perceive others ideas in a more understanding fashion. The relative quality has increased further and group has become more receptive towards each others point of view. This helped the members in putting forward more ideas and also in understanding the other members ideas better. The decision making

mechanism became more efficient during this stage as ideas were debated in a faster pace. This increase in pace can be attributed to the fact that the members were much more open in accepting ideas as well as criticism. This stage also has a feature that people started identifying certain members of group as their allies when analysis is done. This happened due to the increased level of interaction between the members and also forming of close personal bonds with the teammates. This also gave rise to healthy biases which helped in forming the decisions while debating n the new ideas. This stage is more or less identified with the third stage in the groups life cycle; i.e. the norming stage where unwritten rules established as well as personal cohesiveness. The group currently functions as a well oiled unit. The group has settled into a state of equilibrium where all the roles are well defined. This can be considered as the performing stage where the team execute the task well with all the members fulfilling their duties. The receptiveness to innovative ideas in this stage is almost the same as that of previous stage but the process is refined and execution and analysis happens in a faster more efficient fashion.