Army Family Team Building

Level III

Building Cohesive Teams

Stages of Team Development
Stage Stage Characteristics What’s Going On? Members are: • • Wondering who are the key people. Trying to figure out what this group is about, how they fit in the group, what the group wants from them, and what they will get out of their involvement. Dependent on the leader for structure and direction. o o o o o o Allow time for team members to get acquainted. Establish ground rules and norms. Share strengths and challenges. Develop a common vision and mission. Create group identity. Discuss values and develop goals. Promote open communication. Allow conflict. Focus on short term goals. Encourage positive attitudes. Provide empowering leadership. Facilitating Team Development Checklist What Can I Do? Things I Can Do As Leader of the Group

Forming

(minimal work is accomplished)
• • Becoming testy, blameful or over zealous. Relying on their personal experience and resisting collaborating with other team members. Jockeying for position within the group. Dependent on the leader for continued direction but also conflict resolution and coaching.

Storming

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(minimal work is accomplished)
Norming • • • • • • Listening to one another. Trying out how they best work with one another. Taking on leadership roles. Accepting team ground rules (norms). Accepting their roles within the team. Needing a supportive style of leadership. o o o o Maintain open communication. Increase focus on team goals. Celebrate team achievements. Encourage shared leadership.

(moderate levels of work are accomplished)

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Army Family Team Building

Level III

Stage

Stage Characteristics What’s Going On? Members are: • • • • • • • Supporting one another. Communicating openly. Accepting each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Making things happen. Taking on more responsibilities. Performing as a team. Needing a delegating style of leadership.

Facilitating Team Development Checklist

What Can I Do? Things I Can Do As Leader of the Group

Performing

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Encourage innovation. Conduct periodic assessments. Continue to acknowledge and celebrate success. Share team leadership roles.

(high level of work accomplished)
Transforming • • • • Transitioning due to changes in leadership, task, new group members, etc. Stagnating due to lack of motivation, enthusiasm, etc. Asking how the group should interpret and respond to change. Questioning communication, how changing roles will influence current team members, and how these implications will be handled. Reverting to the characteristics described in the forming stage. o o o o Promote and maintain open communication. Assess your stage in the developmental process. Use the skills needed to work through this stage. Encourage involvement.

(minimal work is accomplished)

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